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Limitations of using surrogates for behaviour classification of accelerometer data: refining methods using random forest models in Caprids

Eleanor R. Dickinson Orcid Logo, Joshua P. Twining, Rory Wilson Orcid Logo, Philip A. Stephens, Jennie Westander, Nikki Marks, David M. Scantlebury

Movement Ecology, Volume: 9, Issue: 1

Swansea University Author: Rory Wilson Orcid Logo

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Abstract

Animal-attached devices can be used on cryptic species to measure their movement and behaviour, enabling unprecedented insights into fundamental aspects of animal ecology and behaviour. However, direct observations of subjects are often still necessary to translate biologging data accurately into me...

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Published in: Movement Ecology
ISSN: 2051-3933
Published: Springer Science and Business Media LLC 2021
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa57185
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Abstract: Animal-attached devices can be used on cryptic species to measure their movement and behaviour, enabling unprecedented insights into fundamental aspects of animal ecology and behaviour. However, direct observations of subjects are often still necessary to translate biologging data accurately into meaningful behaviours. As many elusive species cannot easily be observed in the wild, captive or domestic surrogates are typically used to calibrate data from devices. However, the utility of this approach remains equivocal.
Keywords: Tri-axial accelerometry, Tri-axial magnetometry, Behaviour identification, Biologging, Alpine ibex, Pygmy goat, Terrain slope
College: College of Science
Issue: 1