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Cow herd behavior is fodder for complex systems analysis

New mathematical model attempts to understand dynamics of what appears to be randomly dispersed herd eating grass but is actually complex system of individuals in group facing differing tensions.

The image of grazing cows in a field has often conjured up 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

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