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From the Ted Talk by Deborah Gordon: The emergent genius of ant colonies

Unscramble the Blue Letters

So when I first set out to work on task allocation, my first question was, "What's the relationship between the ants doing different tskas? Does it meattr to the foragers what the nest mcnietnaane workers are doing? Does it matter to the midden woerkrs what the patrollers are doing?" And I was working in the context of a view of ant colonies in which each ant was somehow dedicated to its task from birth and sort of performed independently of the others, knowing its place on the assembly line. And instead I wanted to ask, "How are the different task groups interdependent?"

Open Cloze

So when I first set out to work on task allocation, my first question was, "What's the relationship between the ants doing different _____? Does it ______ to the foragers what the nest ___________ workers are doing? Does it matter to the midden _______ what the patrollers are doing?" And I was working in the context of a view of ant colonies in which each ant was somehow dedicated to its task from birth and sort of performed independently of the others, knowing its place on the assembly line. And instead I wanted to ask, "How are the different task groups interdependent?"

Solution

  1. matter
  2. maintenance
  3. tasks
  4. workers

Original Text

So when I first set out to work on task allocation, my first question was, "What's the relationship between the ants doing different tasks? Does it matter to the foragers what the nest maintenance workers are doing? Does it matter to the midden workers what the patrollers are doing?" And I was working in the context of a view of ant colonies in which each ant was somehow dedicated to its task from birth and sort of performed independently of the others, knowing its place on the assembly line. And instead I wanted to ask, "How are the different task groups interdependent?"

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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nest maintenance 19
maintenance workers 15
nest entrance 7
ant colonies 5
midden workers 5
colony size 3
task allocation 3
workers performing 3
study site 2
mating flight 2
ant starts 2
worker ants 2
call task 2
colony manages 2
extra ants 2
ants working 2
extra nest 2
numbers performing 2
maintenance work 2
fiber optics 2
optics microscope 2
interaction patterns 2

ngrams of length 3

collocation frequency
nest maintenance workers 15
call task allocation 2
extra nest maintenance 2
nest maintenance work 2
fiber optics microscope 2

Important Words

  1. allocation
  2. ant
  3. ants
  4. assembly
  5. birth
  6. colonies
  7. context
  8. dedicated
  9. foragers
  10. groups
  11. independently
  12. interdependent
  13. knowing
  14. line
  15. maintenance
  16. matter
  17. midden
  18. nest
  19. patrollers
  20. performed
  21. place
  22. question
  23. relationship
  24. set
  25. sort
  26. task
  27. tasks
  28. view
  29. wanted
  30. work
  31. workers
  32. working