Cow herd behavior is fodder for complex systems analysis

The image of grazing cows in a field has long conjured up a romantic nostalgia about a relaxed pace of rural life. With closer inspection, however, researchers have recognized that what appears to be a randomly dispersed herd peacefully eating grass is in fact a complex system of individuals in a group facing differing tensions. A team of mathematicians and a biologist has now built a mathematical model that incorporates a cost function to behavior in such a herd to understand the dynamics of such systems.

Cow herd behavior is fodder for complex systems analysis

The image of grazing cows in a field has long conjured up a romantic nostalgia about a relaxed pace of rural life. With closer inspection, however, researchers have recognized that what appears ...

Tue 20 Jun 17 from Phys.org

Cow Herd Behavior Is Fodder for Complex Systems Analysis, Tue 20 Jun 17 from Newswise

Experts find 'complex' relationships between cows

Cows graze in herds to protect themselves from predators, but a herd can move on before a slow eater has finished - making the group smaller and more vulnerable to predators.

Tue 20 Jun 17 from Daily Mail

Mathematicians Decode the Surprising Complexity of Cow Herds

A model shows that cow herds may be extremely dynamic, secretly contentious gatherings of warring interests.

Tue 20 Jun 17 from Wired Tech

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