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Table 2 Prediction rate of the female choice as a function of the assumed preference rules

From: Female mate choice in convict cichlids is transitive and consistent with a self-referent directional preference

  Prediction rate
  Male 1 Linear order Pairwise comparison
Random choice 33% 17% 50%
Directional preference 36% [19%-50%] 28% [14%-42%] 53% [41%-64%]
Homotypic preference 36% [19%-50%] 25% [11%-39%] 61% [50%-70%]
Self-referent preference 67% [52%-76%] 42% [25%-58%] 78% [72%-84%]
  1. Accurate prediction rate (with bootstrapped 95% CI in square brackets) of the most preferred male (male 1), linear order of the three males (male 1 > male 2 > male 3), and choice between two males in pairwise comparison as a function of the assumed preference rules: directional preference for the largest male, homotypic preference for a male of similar size to the female, or self-referent directional preference for males 30% larger than the female (Male/Female size ratio λ = 1.3).