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A dynamic habitat selection game.

Authors
  • Mangel, M
Type
Published Article
Journal
Mathematical Biosciences
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Jul 01, 1990
Volume
100
Issue
2
Pages
241–248
Identifiers
PMID: 2134474
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

A patch selection game is formulated and analyzed. Organisms can forage in one of H patches. Each patch is characterized by the cost of foraging, the density and value of food, the predation risk, and the density of conspecifics. The presence of conspecifics affects the finding and sharing of food, and the predation risk. Optimal foraging theory can be viewed as a "1-person" game against nature in which the optimal patch choice of a specific organism is analyzed assuming that the number of conspecifics in other patches is fixed. In the general game theoretic approach, the behavior of conspecifics is included in the determination of the distinguished organism's strategy. An iterative algorithm is used to compute the solution of the "n-person" game or dynamic ESS, which differs from the optimal foraging theory solution. Experiments to test the proposed theory using rodents and seed trays are briefly discussed.

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