The Role of Information in Group Formation

Stefano Bennati, Leonard Wossnig, Johannes Thiele


A vast body of literature studies problems such as cooperation and coordination in groups, but the reasons why groups exist in the first place and hold together are still not clear: in presence of within-group competition, individuals are better off leaving the group. An environment that is advantageous to groups, e.g. better chances of succeeding at or escaping from predation, seems to play a key role for the existence of groups. Another recurrent explanation in the literature is between-group competition. We argue that information constraints can foster sociable behavior, which in turn is responsible for group creation. We compare, by means of an agent-based simulation, navigation strategies that exploit information about the behavior of others. We find that individuals that have sociable behavior have higher fitness than individualistic individuals for certain environmental configuration.


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Bennati S., Wossnig L. and Thiele J. (2016). The Role of Information in Group Formation . In Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence - Volume 1: ICAART, ISBN 978-989-758-172-4, pages 231-235. DOI: 10.5220/0005751802310235

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author={Stefano Bennati and Leonard Wossnig and Johannes Thiele},
title={The Role of Information in Group Formation},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence - Volume 1: ICAART,},

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JO - Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence - Volume 1: ICAART,
TI - The Role of Information in Group Formation
SN - 978-989-758-172-4
AU - Bennati S.
AU - Wossnig L.
AU - Thiele J.
PY - 2016
SP - 231
EP - 235
DO - 10.5220/0005751802310235