GOAL-ORIENTATED PROBING: A POSSIBLE IMPROVEMENT FOR LÉVY WALK
This thesis is a look into the Lévy Walk Model in relation to real world data from Southern Idaho’s Shoshone Bannock peoples measuring hunter-gatherer forager mobility, and lithic discard rates. Suggestions on how to improve the model with the addition of territorial memory and preference weight on certain aspects (food, time, terrain, risk) that are encountered by mobile foragers previous trips such as food/lithic sources, campsites, hunting grounds etc. are discussed. These suggestions as well as incorporating an additional layer to the Lévy Walk Model called Goal Oriented Probing would bring new variables into the Lévy Walk Model, moving it from being a neutral base model to a more complex model that can resemble real world contextual factors.