Scale-free versus multi-scale: Statistical analysis of livestock mobility patterns across species
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In quantitative studies on animal movements and foraging, there has been ongoing debate over the relevance of Lévy walk and related stochastic models to understanding mobility patterns of diverse organisms. In this study, we collected and analyzed a large number of GPS logs that tracked the movements of different livestock species in northwestern Kenya. Statistically principled analysis has only found scant evidence for the scale-free movement patterns of the Lévy walk and its variants. Instead, the analysis has given strong support to composite exponential distributions (composite Brownian walks) as the best description of livestock movement trajectories in a wide array of parameter settings. Furthermore, this support has become overwhelming and near universal under an alternative criterion for model selection. These results illuminate the multi-scale and multi-modal nature of livestock spatial behavior. They also have broader theoretical and empirical implications for the related literature. Show more
Journal / seriesbioRxiv
Pages / Article No.
PublisherCold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Organisational unit03784 - Helbing, Dirk / Helbing, Dirk
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