Game Theory and Animal Behavior

Game Theory and Animal Behavior

Lee Alan Dugatkin


online game thought has revolutionized the learn of animal habit. the elemental precept of evolutionary online game theory--that the method followed via one person is determined by the ideas exhibited by way of others--has confirmed a strong instrument in uncovering the forces shaping differently mysterious behaviors. during this quantity, the 1st for the reason that 1982 dedicated to evolutionary video game conception, major researchers describe functions of the speculation to diversified different types of habit, offering an outline of modern discoveries and a synthesis of present study. the quantity starts off with a transparent advent to video game concept and its explanatory scope. this is often by means of a chain of chapters at the use of online game concept to appreciate quite a number behaviors: social foraging, cooperation, animal contests, conversation, reproductive skew and nepotism inside teams, sibling contention, replacement life-histories, habitat choice, trophic-level interactions, studying, and human social habit. additionally, the amount encompasses a dialogue of the relatives between online game concept, optimality, and quantitative genetics, and an evaluation of the final application of video game conception to the research of social habit. offered in a fashion available to an individual attracted to animal habit yet now not inevitably expert within the arithmetic of online game conception, the e-book is meant for a large viewers of undergraduates, graduate scholars, biologists pursuing the evolutionary research of animal habit.

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