Animal Behavior Links:
There is a great deal of information about game theory available on the
web. This list concentrates on sites that offer interactive simulations,
and on sites that have relevance to biology.
stable strategies: from hawk-dove to sequential assessment. From Gerald
Wilkinson and Anthony Di Fiore at the University of Maryland. Mostly cryptic
lecture notes; not fleshed out, but still worth looking at.
Hofstra University: Finite Mathematics & Applied Calculus Resource
Page; Stefan Waner and Steven R. Costenoble
of a chapter on game theory
Hofstra University, same authors.
Detailed, math-heavy description
of game theory, with examples, some of them interactive. Quiz to test
utility for game theory (up to five strategies for the row and column
player). It is also designed to play against you (using the optimal mixed
strategy most of the time...)"
Game Theory Net
"A resource for educators and students of game theory"
to interactive exercises.
Hawk - Dove
James Ryan at Hobart and William Smith Colleges
An applet that lets you enter payoff values into the matrix, then it tells
you what the ESS is.
and Conflict: An Introductory Sketch of Game Theory"
Roger A McCain (professor at Drexel University, but web page not officially
under their aegis)
Essentially a book in html form, this is a detailed and well-written exposition
of game theory, with an emphasis on economics. Good for background reading.
Keith Flewellen Goodnight at Southern Methodist University
"Programs for population genetic and relatedness calculations, and
education in evolution and behavioral ecology."
Page for downloading the "ESS"
program, from the class EEB 5327 at the University of Minnesota. Written
by Brian P. Farm for Dr. Craig Packer, Department of Ecology, Evolution,
and Behavior, University of Minnesota.
Manual for the ESS Computer Program
NYU, Prof. David H. A. Fitch, Department of Biology
Models web site, serving as an introduction to Game Theory
Includes difficult, sophisticated problems and answers. At the end of
the page, a short list of online simulations is provided. Very high-quality
a gathering place for people who suspect that life's instructions are
always ambiguous and incomplete. Originating in interactions among neurobiologists,
computer scientists, business people, and educators, Serendip is both
an expanding forum and a continually developing set of resources to explore
and support intellectual and social change in education, in social organization...
and in how one makes sense of life."
Bryn Mawr's "Serendip" includes an online Prisoner's Dilemma
Fun, and well-constructed. Well worth a visit.
"Welcome to Principia
Cybernetica Web. Principia Cybernetica tries to tackle age-old philosophical
questions with the help of the most recent cybernetic theories and technologies.
This is the website of the Principia Cybernetica Project (PCP), an international
organization. The Project aims to develop a complete philosophy or "world-view",
based on the principles of evolutionary cybernetics, and supported by
collaborative computer technologies."
Includes an online "Prisoner's
Dilemma" Author: F. Heylighen
Reproductive Strategies by Barry Sinervo and Yoni Brandt
Detailed exposition of the topic. Includes link to online "scissor-paper-rock"
"A Simple Game: Hawks
and Doves. Synopsis: Here you will have a chance to apply what you
have learned about games and their solution to a classic two strategy
game -- Hawks and Doves."
By Kenneth N. Prestwich of the College of the Holy Cross.
Includes an online
of Cooperative Behavior
"Can cooperative behavior emerge from groups of selfish individuals?
Here you can use a popular puzzle called the Prisoner's Dilemma Game to
examine how cooperation might arise and evolve in animal groups."
Very nice, beautifully set up and explained.
EACH project: evolution of altruistic and cooperative habits. The
EACH project was founded at the Center for Connected Learning and Computer-Based
Modeling at Tufts University. Our goal is to explore complexity in evolution
through multi-agent modeling (aka object-based parallel or agent-based
meets evolution" a short exposition of game theory, from Brodie
at Indiana University.
Lee Dugatkin, University of Louisville: Powerpoint
slides on Hawk-Dove.
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