The vacancy chain process: a new mechanism of resource distribution in animals with application to hermit crabs

@article{Chase1988TheVC,
  title={The vacancy chain process: a new mechanism of resource distribution in animals with application to hermit crabs},
  author={Ivan D Chase and Marc J. Weissburg and Theodore H. Dewitt},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={1988},
  volume={36},
  pages={1265-1274}
}
A number of resources important to humans such as jobs in bureaucracies, houses and apartments are allocated through a mechanism known as a vacancy chain. In a vacancy chain process an initial, vacant resource unit entering a population of users is taken by a first individual who leaves his/her previous resource unit behind, which is taken by a second individual, and so on. In this process an initial resource unit works both directly and indirectly to provide opportunities for several… CONTINUE READING
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