Dominance hierarchies have been widely used for describing the outcome of competitive interactions in an animal group. We present a procedure for estimating the linear dominance hierarchy. The procedure uses the statistical method of paired comparisons, assuming weak stochastic transitivity to model interactions within a linear dominance hierarchy. The linear dominance hierarchy is estimated using a maximum likelihood ranking procedure. This method allows unequal numbers of encounters between pairs and does not require all pairs to have observed encounters. The method is illustrated by application to behavioural data from a group of 10 baboons (Papio cynocephalus anubis).
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
- Animal Science and Zoology