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By Julia K. Parrish, William M. Hamner

Faculties of fish, flocks of birds, and swarms of bugs are examples of 3-dimensional aggregation. masking either invertebrate and vertebrate species, the authors examine this pervasive organic phenomenon via numerous disciplines, from physics to arithmetic to biology. the 1st part is dedicated to a few of the tools, almost always optical and acoustic, used to gather 3-dimensional information through the years. the second one part makes a speciality of analytical equipment used to quantify development, team kinetics, and interindividual interactions in the crew. The part on behavioral ecology and evolution bargains with the capabilities of aggregative habit from the viewpoint of an inherently egocentric person member. the ultimate part makes use of types to clarify how workforce dynamics on the person point creates emergent development on the point of the crowd.

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Animal aggregations in rapid motion create visual confusion that confounds our ability to track individual animals visually within an aggregation. Cameras and computers can resolve this confusion because cameras record behavioral 36 Analytical and digital photogrammetry 37 patterns that can be reviewed repetitively and in slow motion, providing a perceptual luxury that we could otherwise never experience. When movement within the aggregation is reviewed in slow motion, most of the visual confusion disappears.

The consequences of summed individual actions are addressed by Ritz (Ch. 13) in his examination of the relationship between group size and individual optimality. " Thus, gregarious animals may be paying attention to a much smaller data set than the trajectories of all groupmates within their sensory range. The kinds of information individual group members might use, and the consequences of information transfer across the group, are the subject of chapters by Dill, Holling, and Palmer (Ch. 14) and Schilt and Norris (Ch.

Adding dimensions quickly increases the complexity of the measurement process. One can easily image the side of a cube containing 1000 elements; however, in three dimensions, the total number of voxels in the image is 109. Three-dimensional imaging thus places severe demands on both processing speed and memory storage. Additional complications often arise because the actual measurement is, in fact, a mathematically transformed attribute of the real three-dimensional object. Suppose that we desire a vector X which consists of 109 elements.

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