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Scaling in Animal Group-Size Distributions


  • Eric Bonabeau
  • Laurent Dagorn
  • Pierre Freon


An elementary model of animal aggregation is presented. The gorup size distributions resulting from this model are truncated power laws. The predictions of the model are found to be consistent with data that describe the group size distributions of tuna fish, sardinellas, and African buffalos. To appear in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA.

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  • Eric Bonabeau & Laurent Dagorn & Pierre Freon, 1999. "Scaling in Animal Group-Size Distributions," Working Papers 99-01-005, Santa Fe Institute.
  • Handle: RePEc:wop:safiwp:99-01-005

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    Fish schools; herds; group-size statistics; scaling;


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