Stochastic multiplicative population growth predicts and interprets Taylor's power law of fluctuation scaling.

@article{Cohen2013StochasticMP,
  title={Stochastic multiplicative population growth predicts and interprets Taylor's power law of fluctuation scaling.},
  author={Joel E. Cohen and Meng Xu and William S. F. Schuster},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  year={2013},
  volume={280 1757},
  pages={20122955}
}
Taylor's law (TL) asserts that the variance of the density (individuals per area or volume) of a set of comparable populations is a power-law function of the mean density of those populations. Despite the empirical confirmation of TL in hundreds of species, there is little consensus about why TL is so widely observed and how its estimated parameters should be interpreted. Here, we report that the Lewontin-Cohen (henceforth LC) model of stochastic population dynamics, which has been widely… CONTINUE READING
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