BEHAVIOR (Eco-) 1)4)
The behavior of elementary units in a network as it becomes organized through their repeated interactions.
This concept has been promoted by J. ERCEAU and J. FERBER whose "… objective is to construct a society of agents… (true non-anthropomorphic micro-robots), capable of work within a hostile environment, and to improve their individual and collective performances through mechanisms akin to learning" (1991).
These authors include in their "society" reactive agents, communicating agents, rational ones and intentional ones. (See "Multi-agents systems").
In natural ecosystems, different types of behavior are distributed among different species or among various individuals of the same species. There appear to be a kind of spontaneous and distributed control mechanism peculiar to these systems.
Strikingly, eco-behavior could be used as a model for any type of social systems.
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