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Path integration mediated systematic search: A Bayesian model

Vickerstaff, Robert J.; Merkle, Tobias


The systematic search behaviour is a backup system that increases the chances of desert ants finding their nest entrance after foraging when the path integrator has failed to guide them home accurately enough. Here we present a mathematical model of the systematic search that is based on extensive behavioural studies in North African desert ants . Cataglyphis fortis. First, a simple search heuristic utilising Bayesian inference and a probability density function is developed. This model, which...[Show more]

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Date published: 2012
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Theoretical Biology
DOI: 10.1016/j.jtbi.2012.04.034


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