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Artificial Life

Spring 2008, Vol. 14, No. 2, Pages 179-188
(doi: 10.1162/artl.2008.14.2.179)
© 2008 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
V-like Formations in Flocks of Artificial Birds
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We consider flocks of artificial birds and study the emergence of V-like formations during flight. We introduce a small set of fully distributed positioning rules to guide the birds' movements and demonstrate, by means of simulations, that they tend to lead to stabilization into several of the well-known V-like formations that have been observed in nature. We also provide quantitative indicators that we believe are closely related to achieving V-like formations, and study their behavior over a large set of independent simulations.