The most effective way to comb an area is to search it at random using jumps that vary in length according to a power law.But new research has shown while that works for cases where you just have nectar sources spread out in space, if you introduce a third variable, a predator, the pattern is changed as the bees adjust their flight patterns to avoid the predator. In short: history makes a difference.
Tuesday, August 09, 2011
History Makes a Difference: Bees and Levy Flight
Once, long ago, I was good at math. No longer. But I still have a soft spot for math-like writing. Here's a Technology Review post on the math describing how bees search for nectar sources. It's something called "Levy Flight", described as: