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Table 2 Comparison between the number of transitions expected for each diagonal (95% CI) from the randomised sequences when replications (zero diagonal) were kept constant (in order to focus on transitions between calls; null model) and the observed sequences

From: Call order within vocal sequences of meerkats contains temporary contextual and individual information

Diagonal 95%CI no. transitions (null) Observed no. transitions Interpretation
−6 (6 levels up) 70–94 75 As expected
−5 (5 levels up) 159–194 128 Under
−4 (4 levels up) 424–477 441 As expected
−3 (3 levels up) 424.9–490 386 Under
−2 (2 levels up) 791.9–873.0 789 Under
−1 (1 level up) 4612.9–4730.1 4849 Over
0 (repetition) 13,049–13,049 13,049 Kept constant
1 (1 level down) 4609.9–4730 4834 Over
2 (2 levels down) 784.9–870 739 Under
3 (3 levels down) 422–484 403 Under
4 (4 levels down) 420.9–473 446 As expected
5 (5 levels down) 154–193 156 As expected
6 (6 levels down) 69–92 81 As expected