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Classification of Animal Movement Behavior through Residence in Space and Time

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Conceptual schematic of behavior groupings captured in movement data based on the relationships between the amount of space (distance) and time occupied in an area of constant scale.

Three polar behavior states across this continuum are represented in the corners: Transit (low time, low distance in an area), time intensive behaviors such as rest (high time, low distance), and time and distance intensive behaviors (high time, large distance) such as area restricted search (ARS). Three other possible behavior states are denoted within the continuum of this schematic. When applying RST, the origin will be double the sampling interval (y-axis) and double the R applied (x-axis), which are the minimal scales at which behaviors can be described.

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