Collective Animal Behavior from Bayesian Estimation and Probability Matching

  title={Collective Animal Behavior from Bayesian Estimation and Probability Matching},
  author={Alfonso P{\'e}rez-Escudero and Gonzalo G. de Polavieja},
  journal={PLoS Computational Biology},
Animals living in groups make movement decisions that depend, among other factors, on social interactions with other group members. Our present understanding of social rules in animal collectives is mainly based on empirical fits to observations, with less emphasis in obtaining first-principles approaches that allow their derivation. Here we show that patterns of collective decisions can be derived from the basic ability of animals to make probabilistic estimations in the presence of… 

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