Application of Hive Theory to the Identification of Suitable Porcupine Habitats
Porcupines are rodents with a coat of sharp spines, or quills, that defend or camouflage them from predators. But the same spines or quills have made them valuable to illegal wildlife dealers who sell these quills to various comb and ornament companies who use them in their products. Also the scale of urbanization and climate change have constrained the area of suitable habitats for porcupines. When an animal loses its habitat, its numbers start to diminish, and if the degradation continues, then that species of animal becomes endangered or extinct. That is why the present study tries to find a methodology to identify suitable habitats for porcupine populations using the artificial bee colony algorithm. This algorithm mimics the food-search procedure of the honey bee. In this study the honey bee algorithm is used to rate different input variables or factors. This rating methodology makes the selection process neutral, independent, and free of personal preferences, which are often encountered when scoring is done on the basis of expert opinion in any selection mechanisms.
KeywordsArtificial bee colony algorithm Porcupine Location selection
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