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In attempting to seed a simulation, where an individual foregoes resources that go r to same-type individuals and (1-r) to all members (including same-type individuals). What commonly used metrics are a good proxy for r in this sense? In other words, if I am seeing a simulation to replicate the parameters of the mean population for, for example, a zebra finch or a human or a house mouse, and I am looking in empirical reports of these species and r does not appear, are there other metrics that are convertible?

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  • $\begingroup$ I'm not sure to understand what you are looking for. Are you seeking for a way to calculate genetic relatedness? If ris a value for giving food to same-type individuals how do you define same-type? Is it from genetic relatedness or other way? $\endgroup$ – Untitpoi Apr 26 '18 at 8:31
  • $\begingroup$ Thank you for the reply. No I'm not looking for a way to calculate genetic relatedness. I have written a simulation and am looking to feed it realistic values for relatedness. Emphasis upon populations of the zebra finch, human, house mouse, and also populations of trees. But r is not reported commonly and other metrics are reported more typically, such as FST. I don't know whether they are substitutable or convertible into r. $\endgroup$ – sterid Apr 27 '18 at 2:21
  • $\begingroup$ This article by Harpending would suggest that but I'm not seeing it in a textbook and am not familiar enough with these measures. Harpending, Henry (2002-11-01). "Kinship and Population Subdivision" (PDF). Population & Environment. 24 (2): 141–147. @Untitpoi $\endgroup$ – sterid Apr 27 '18 at 2:47
  • $\begingroup$ It would seem from the article, unless I am wrong, that 2*Fst is a good proxy for the Hamiltonian r (if benefits can be confined to within subpopulation). Am I wrong? @Remi.b $\endgroup$ – sterid Apr 27 '18 at 2:54

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