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Interpreting an ant’s behavior can be quite difficult, especially without the accompaniment of a confident young relative. What an ant is doing at any given moment is often just as vague as why the ant is doing it. We do know, however, that behaviors of individual ants are heavily influenced by ongoing interaction patterns within the colony network, which in many ways is similar to the way we navigate our networked world. Ant Interactions First, some background on ant interactions drawn from the work of Stanford’s Deborah Gordon: Ant colony behavior arises from dynamical networks of interactions among ants. The pattern of interaction is more important than content in influencing behavior. Ants react to two kinds of external information: changes in the outside world…