All posts tagged with game theory

The game theory exam story

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UCLA animal behavior professor Peter Nonacs describes his experiment in learning by doing: “Cheating to Learn: How a UCLA professor gamed a game theory midte...

Microchimerism and selection

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A recent article in Scientific American by Robert Martone explains some recent research on how fetal cells become integrated into mothers’ brains for the lon...

A new approach to the Prisoner's Dilemma

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Daniel Lende has described some evolutionary and anthropological import of a recent paper in PNAS on game theory: “Prisoners Dilemma and the Evolution of Ine...

Inclusive fitness works

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I can’t believe the amount of attention the paper by Martin Nowak, Corina Tarnita and Edward O. Wilson Nowak:eusociality:2010 has gotten. It was in last week...

Hangman strategy

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You may have seen that story about “jazz” being the hardest Hangman word. Personally, I always figure that such a short word is hardly fair, but I’m not that...

A Snowdrift game version of hunting

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I want to run through some examples of how we can apply game theory to consider hunting decisions in human groups. First, I describe a simple Snowdrift model...

Nowak profiled

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Carl Zimmer's profile of mathematical biologist Martin Nowak is well worth reading. Zimmer does a good job of describing the relevance of Nowak's modeling w...

Game theory and developmental robusticity

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The introduction of game theory into evolutionary biology is often credited to George Price and John Maynard Smith. This is for good reason; together they w...

A little game theory

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The second week of theory in my seminar focuses on John Maynard Smith and evolutionary game theory.

When lion consorts go wild

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These are some notes on game theory and social behavior in lions. In his book, Evolution and the Theory of Games, John Maynard Smith includes a chapter on a...

A little game theory history

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I've been working through the book, Evolutionary Game Theory, by Jörgen Weibull, and it has a really concise two-page history of game theory (as applie...

Trust and verify

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About those cheap mental scanners, there's this paper from last week by Damon Tomlin and colleagues, which relied on brain scans to determine the cortical c...

Icons without the eyes

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I've been keeping a few articles on my desktop that seem to follow a theme -- the notion of using technology to communicate visual signs through other sense...

Cooperation, phenotypic vectors, energy

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Burtsev and Turchin (2006) present the results of simulations of cooperative behavior in self-interested agents. This is a well-established subject, and the...