Revealing the hidden networks of interaction in mobile animal groups allows prediction of complex behavioral contagion. 

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By studying these interaction networks, we reveal the (complex, fractional) nature of social contagion and establish that individuals with relatively few, but strongly connected, neighbors are both most socially influential and most susceptible to social influence. Furthermore, we demonstrate that we can predict complex cascades of behavioral change at their moment of initiation, before they actually occur.

Source: Revealing the hidden networks of interaction in mobile animal groups allows prediction of complex behavioral contagion. – PubMed – NCBI

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