Set search volume
setSearchVolume( params, search_vol = NULL, comment_search_vol = "set manually", ... ) getSearchVolume(params)
Optional. An array (species x size) holding the search volume for each species at size. If not supplied, a default is set as described in the section "Setting search volume".
MizerParams with updated search volume. Because of the way the R
setSearchVolume() does not make the changes to the params
object that you pass to it but instead returns a new params object. So to
affect the change you call the function in the form
params <- setSearchVolume(params, ...).
The search volume \(\gamma_i(w)\) of an individual of species \(i\)
and weight \(w\) multiplies the predation kernel when
calculating the encounter rate in
getEncounter() and the
predation rate in
The name "search volume" is a bit misleading, because \(\gamma_i(w)\) does not have units of volume. It is simply a parameter that determines the rate of predation. Its units depend on your choice, see section "Units in mizer". If you have chose to work with total abundances, then it is a rate with units 1/year. If you have chosen to work with abundances per m^2 then it has units of m^2/year. If you have chosen to work with abundances per m^3 then it has units of m^3/year.
search_vol argument is not supplied, then the search volume is
$$\gamma_i(w) = \gamma_i w^q_i.$$
The values of \(\gamma_i\) (the search volume at 1g) and \(q_i\) (the
allometric exponent of the search volume) are taken from the
q columns in the species parameter dataframe. If the
column is not supplied in the species parameter dataframe, a default is
calculated by the
get_gamma_default() function. Note that only
for predators of size \(w = 1\) gram is the value of the species parameter
\(\gamma_i\) the same as the value of the search volume \(\gamma_i(w)\).