Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to present an algorithm for spatially sorting objects into an annular structure. Design/methodology/approach – A swarm-based model that requires only stochastic agent behaviour coupled with a pheromone-inspired “attraction-repulsion” mechanism. Findings – The algorithm consistently generates high-quality annular structures, and is particularly powerful in situations where the initial configuration of objects is similar to those observed in nature. Research limitations/implications – Experimental evidence supports previous theoretical arguments about the nature and mechanism of spatial sorting by insects. Practical implications – The algorithm may find applications in distributed robotics. Originality/value – The model offers a powerful minimal algorithmic framework, and also sheds further light on the nature of attraction-repulsion algorithms and underlying natural processes.
|Number of pages||20|
|Journal||International Journal of Intelligent Computing and Cybernetics|
|Publication status||Published - 22 Aug 2008|