Applied fantasy math – Vampire populations

Some time ago, I became aware of a nice paper –┬áThe Transylvanian problem of renewable resources by R.Hartl and A. Mehlmann. You can find an ungated copy here. The paper itself is quite technical and I’m not familiar enough with optimal control theory to fully explore it here. The idea of the paper however is to consider a vampire population feeding on humans and find optimal feeding strategies for different discountings of consumption.

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