Dynamics of social queues

Hiroshi Toyoizumi*, Jeremy Field

*Corresponding author for this work

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Queues formed by social wasps to inherit the dominant position in the nest are analyzed by using a transient quasi-birth-and-death (QBD) process. We show that the extended nest lifespan due to division of labor between queen and helpers has a big impact on nest productivity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16-22
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Theoretical Biology
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Apr 7
Externally publishedYes


  • Division of labor
  • Quasi-birth-and-death process
  • Social queue

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Applied Mathematics


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