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Data from: Optimal switching between geocentric and egocentric strategies in navigation

Citation

Peleg, Orit; Mahadevan, L. (2016), Data from: Optimal switching between geocentric and egocentric strategies in navigation, Dryad, Dataset, https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.cc3rb

Abstract

Animals use a combination of egocentric navigation driven by the internal integration of environmental cues, interspersed with geocentric course correction and reorientation. These processes are accompanied by uncertainty in sensory acquisition of information, planning and execution. Inspired by observations of dung beetle navigational strategies that show switching between geocentric and egocentric strategies, we consider the question of optimal reorientation rates for the navigation of an agent moving along a preferred direction in the presence of multiple sources of noise. We address this using a model that takes the form of a correlated random walk at short time scales that is punctuated by reorientation events leading to a biased random walks at long time scales. This allows us to identify optimal alternation schemes and characterize their robustness in the context of noisy sensory acquisition as well as performance errors linked with variations in environmental conditions and agent–environment interactions.

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