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Random foraging and perceived randomness

Abrams, Marshall (2022) Random foraging and perceived randomness. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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Abstract

Research in evolutionary ecology on random foraging seems to ignore the possibility that some random foraging is an adaptation not to environmental randomness, but to what Wimsatt called "perceived randomness". This occurs when environmental features are unpredictable, whether physically random or not. Mere perceived randomness may occur, for example, due to effects of climate change or certain kinds of static landscape variation. I argue that an important mathematical model concerning random foraging does not depend on randomness, despite contrary remarks by researchers. I also use computer simulations to illustrate the idea that random foraging is an adaptation to mere perceived randomness.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
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Abrams, Marshallmabrams@uab.edu0000-0003-4749-1671
Keywords: evolution, foraging, probability, mathematical modeling, computer simulation, random walk
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
Specific Sciences > Complex Systems
General Issues > Computer Simulation
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Specific Sciences > Probability/Statistics
Depositing User: Marshall Abrams
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2022 14:11
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2022 14:11
Item ID: 21386
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
Specific Sciences > Complex Systems
General Issues > Computer Simulation
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Specific Sciences > Probability/Statistics
Date: 9 November 2022
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/21386

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