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Favored Places in the Selfish Herd

Carl Simon
Department of Mathematics
University of Michigan
cpsimon@umich.edu


In his paper "Geometry for the Selfish Herd," Bill Hamilton showed how security issues would lead "selfish" animals in a one-dimenional space to group together. We look at a two-dimensional habitat and include food along with security as an external parameter. We present a mathematical model, a simulation of the model, and comparison with behavioral data of silverside in a shallow pool.



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1998-1999 Mathematics in Biology

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