Application of maximum likelihood paired comparison ranking to estimation of a linear dominance hierarchy in animal societies

C. Alex McMahan, Max D. Morris

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

10 Scopus citations

Abstract

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).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)374-378
Number of pages5
JournalAnimal Behaviour
Volume32
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1984

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Animal Science and Zoology

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Application of maximum likelihood paired comparison ranking to estimation of a linear dominance hierarchy in animal societies'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this