• Empirical questions for collective-behaviour modelling

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      Collective animal behaviour; self-organization.

    • Abstract


      The collective behaviour of groups of social animals has been an active topic of study across many disciplines, and has a long history of modelling. Classical models have been successful in capturing the large-scale patterns formed by animal aggregations, but fare less well in accounting for details, particularly for groups that do not display net motion. Inspired by recent measurements of swarming insects, which are not well described by the classical modelling paradigm, I pose a set of questions that must be answered by any collective-behaviour model. By explicitly stating the choices made in response to each of these questions, models can be more easily categorized and compared, and their expected range of validity can be clarified.

    • Author Affiliations


      Nicholas T Ouellette1

      1. Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Yale University, New Haven, CT 06520, USA
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  • Pramana – Journal of Physics | News

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