ANTs presentation in Tokyo congress of the Primate Society of Japan

I present here 1) what is ANT, 2) the goal, 3) where did the idea come from, 4) how it is structured and 5) an example of one of the several ANTs analytical protocols.

Understanding resilience in animal networks: the case of the macaque’s social style

Presentation of a research project studying resilience properties in macaque networks in collaboration with Dr. Ivan Puga-Gonzalez and Prof. Cedric Sueur in the 6th International Conference on Complex Networks and Their Applications (2017).

Data frame of assocition to a matrix with r package ANTs

Convert a data frame of individual associations to a Group By Individual (gbi) matrix, and then to a matrix of association according to specific association indices.

Bipartite networks in social ecology: social interactions, spatial structures and their dynamics

Cristian Pasquaretta,  Mathieu Lihoreau, 
Group living animals require social interactions to coordinate their behaviours. The frequency and nature of these interactions determine patterns of global connections that optimize group-level processes and enhance operational functioning of the group. Space mediated mechanisms e.g. - nest sharing, home range overlap or task specializations - strongly affect the probability of encounter among individuals. Given this, it is crucial to quantify the effect of spatial constrains from other socially driven mechanisms to understand patterns of social associations. Indeed, sociality might simply be seen as a by-product of individual differences in spatial heterogeneity. Bipartite networks, also known as 2-mode networks, are used to study links established between nodes belonging to two different classes of organisms (e.g., plants occupying spatially fixed locations vs. moving animals).

Network-based diffusion analysis reveals ecological influences over social transmission in animal groups

Matthew Hasenjager,  William Hoppitt,  Ellouise Leadbeater
Across the animal kingdom, individuals frequently acquire relevant information about their environment by observing or interacting with other individuals—i.e., they engage in social learning. As social learning capabilities are taxonomically widespread, whether individuals acquire or use social information is predicted to depend on ecological context and social dynamics. However, the ability of researchers to assess the extent to which social transmission acts within freely-interacting groups and to identify likely transmission pathways has been limited by a lack of available tools. Network-based diffusion analysis (NBDA) is an approach specifically developed to address such questions. NBDA infers social transmission if the spread of a behavioural trait follows a group’s social network.