publication . Article . 2003

Lanchester's attrition models and fights among social animals

Eldridge S. Adams; Michael Mesterton-Gibbons;
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  • Published: 01 Sep 2003 Journal: Behavioral Ecology, volume 14, issue 5 September, pages 719-723
Abstract
Lanchester's models of attrition during warfare have served as the basis for several predictions about conflicts between groups of animals. These models and their extensions describe rates of mortality during battles as functions of the number and fighting abilities of individuals in each group, allowing analysis of the determinants of group strength and of the cumulative numbers of casualties. We propose modifications to Lanchester's models to improve their applicability to social animals. In particular, we suggest that the per-capita mortality rate of a group is a decreasing function of the fighting abilities of its members, that the mortality rate is an incre...
Subjects
free text keywords: Ecology, Social animal, Diminishing returns, Demographic economics, Mortality rate, Attrition, medicine.disease, medicine, Biology
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publication . Article . 2003

Lanchester's attrition models and fights among social animals

Eldridge S. Adams; Michael Mesterton-Gibbons;