reply to post by peacevic
I have read the article.
They make no mention of the method the ants use or how large the maze is or even of the number of ants.
The only reference they make is time (1hr intervals) and total number of pathways (32,768).
Here is a better article on this experiment: Article
They at least state some hard numbers, although it is still lacking information.
It even describes how the ants aren't thinking at all, and that nature has built this optimization directly into their pheremone system.
"Ants establish optimal routes by leaving behind trails of pheromones that are attractive to other ants.
Because the pheromones evaporate over time, shorter, more well-travelled trails become increasingly attractive.
Reid speculated that ants and their pheromones could be modelled by data packets that left behind a line of code that expired after a set period of
Different lines of code with different "evaporation rates" could be used to model trail pheromones, and the exploration pheromones that were likely
laid during the pre-exposure period, he said.
He expected more flexible, nature-inspired algorithms to improve logistical programs to maximise efficiency of industrial processes."
I don't know where the idea that "ants good at solving complex maths" comes from, in regards to the article sourced by the OP.
After reading the scientists own words, it seems more like they found a better way to model information flow based on the same principles as ant
Edit to add: Didn't realize that I was just reitterating your thoughts with my last sentence, seems we agree on the end results
21-12-2010 by peck420 because: (no reason given)