When animals move in mysterious ways, a talk by Jon Pitchford (University of York)
Animals move, and it seems logical that the mathematics of random walks might been useful to try to understand these movements. I will give an overview of some fascinating insights, and one or two embarrassing failures, from the past decade or so. These include the beauties of so-called Levy walks, which escape the statistical shackles of the Central Limit Theorem. This turns out to be academically interesting in terms of the mathematics of behaviour and evolution. Perhaps more importantly, exactly the same maths can be used practically in modelling epidemics and in describing the treatment of infectious disease.
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