Event Detail

Event Type: 
Mathematical Biology Seminar
Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 04:00 to 05:00
KIDD 356

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Honeybees swarm in the spring and late-summer, during which time
they decide on a new hive location in the surrounding area.  This process is
facilitated by the behavior of scout bees who engage in "waggle-dances" to
communicate site location and quality to other scouts.  Eventually, the
swarm arrives at a decision.  In this talk I will introduce an approach to
modeling this site-selection via branching processes.  In such models one
typically makes very strong independence assumptions.  The decision process
is modeled by weakening these assumptions, allowing for dependencies based
on the populations of bees dancing for sites at a given time.