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All this talk of crowds and flocking is nice, but where do the parameters for these come from? I would imagine different bird species or different companies/demographics would lead to different results. How would this help in practice?


@Sleepyhead08 Yes, if you want to do predictive modeling, you may have to determine some parameters. Some of these may be known a priori, or you may be able to solve for them based on other considerations/observations. Data fitting (possibly via machine learning) can also help to match such parameters. Finally, you may not care about specific parameters, but rather just rates of growth or other qualitative behavior.