Game Theory and Animal Behavior

By Lee Alan Dugatkin

Online game thought has revolutionized the research of animal habit. the basic precept of evolutionary online game theory--that the tactic followed by means of one person relies on the innovations exhibited through others--has confirmed a robust software in uncovering the forces shaping differently mysterious behaviors. during this quantity, the 1st when you consider that 1982 dedicated to evolutionary online game thought, prime researchers describe purposes of the speculation to varied kinds of habit, offering an outline of contemporary discoveries and a synthesis of present examine. the amount starts with a transparent creation to video game idea and its explanatory scope. this can be by means of a chain of chapters at the use of video game idea to appreciate quite a number behaviors: social foraging, cooperation, animal contests, conversation, reproductive skew and nepotism inside teams, sibling competition, replacement life-histories, habitat choice, trophic-level interactions, studying, and human social habit. furthermore, the quantity features a dialogue of the kinfolk between online game thought, optimality, and quantitative genetics, and an evaluate of the general application of online game idea to the examine of social habit. provided in a way available to a person drawn to animal habit yet no longer unavoidably expert within the arithmetic of video game idea, the ebook is meant for a large viewers of undergraduates, graduate scholars, biologists pursuing the evolutionary research of animal habit.

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