Dynamics of social queues
Journal of Theoretical Biology
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Queues formed by social wasps to inherit the dominant position in the nest are analyzed by using a transient quasi-birth-and-death (QBD) process. We show that the extended nest lifespan due to division of labor between queen and helpers has a big impact on nest productivity.
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Vol. 346, pp. 16 - 22