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Jens Krause, Richard James, Daniel W. Franks, and Darren P. Croft

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199679041

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199679041.001.0001

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Animal social networks: general conclusions

Animal social networks: general conclusions

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Animal Social Networks
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Jens Krause

Richard James

Daniel W. Franks

Darren P. Croft

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199679041.003.0019

Although the application of network thinking to the study of animal social systems is not new, it is only in the last decade that the modern approach of the quantitative analysis of social networks has been regularly applied to the study of social behaviour in non-human animals. The social network approach is now a well-established and a popular means by which to study aspects of the behaviour, ecology, and evolution of organisms. The network approach has added significantly to our understanding of major biological issues and has found applications in almost all major vertebrate groups; in addition, it is beginning to be more widely used in studies of social insects. This final chapter provides an overview of the main themes covered by this book. It also identifies important changes in the way network data are increasingly collected and discusses new options for their analysis.

Keywords:   network approach, ecology and evolution, social structure, network analysissocial behaviour, dynamic networks, reality mining, biometry, data analysis

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