Markov model of honeybee social behavior

Ryuichi Okada, Hidetoshi Ikeno, Toshifumi Kimura, Mizue Ohashi, Hitoshi Aonuma, Etsuro Ito

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Abstract

It is well established mat honeybees inform their nestmates of the location of flowers they have visited by a unique behavior called a "waggle dance". To evaluate the efficacy of this dance in terms of food collection, we constructed a Markov model for foraging behavior. The computer simulation showed that our model faithfully expressed actual bee behavior; revealed that a colony in which honeybees danced and correctly transferred information made 2.15 times more successful visits to food sources compared to a colony with non-accurate information transfer; and suggested that the waggle dance is effective only under particular conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1115-1130
Number of pages16
JournalInformation
Volume13
Issue number3 B
Publication statusPublished - 2010 May
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Information transfer
  • Insect
  • Markov model
  • Social behavior
  • Waggle dance

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Okada, R., Ikeno, H., Kimura, T., Ohashi, M., Aonuma, H., & Ito, E. (2010). Markov model of honeybee social behavior. Information, 13(3 B), 1115-1130.

Markov model of honeybee social behavior. / Okada, Ryuichi; Ikeno, Hidetoshi; Kimura, Toshifumi; Ohashi, Mizue; Aonuma, Hitoshi; Ito, Etsuro.

In: Information, Vol. 13, No. 3 B, 05.2010, p. 1115-1130.

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Okada, R, Ikeno, H, Kimura, T, Ohashi, M, Aonuma, H & Ito, E 2010, 'Markov model of honeybee social behavior', Information, vol. 13, no. 3 B, pp. 1115-1130.
Okada R, Ikeno H, Kimura T, Ohashi M, Aonuma H, Ito E. Markov model of honeybee social behavior. Information. 2010 May;13(3 B):1115-1130.
Okada, Ryuichi ; Ikeno, Hidetoshi ; Kimura, Toshifumi ; Ohashi, Mizue ; Aonuma, Hitoshi ; Ito, Etsuro. / Markov model of honeybee social behavior. In: Information. 2010 ; Vol. 13, No. 3 B. pp. 1115-1130.
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