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Investigating the mechanisms underlying cooperation in viscous population multi-agent systems

James Marshall, Jonathan Rowe, Investigating the mechanisms underlying cooperation in viscous population multi-agent systems. Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Artificial Life. ISBN 0-262-52290-X, pp. 348–352. August 2000. PDF, 114 Kbytes.

Abstract

This paper presents a viscous population multi-agent system, which is claimed to provide scope for the emergence of cooperation both through iterated interaction and through kin selection. Theoretical examinations of iterated interaction and kin selection within the model are conducted and compared with empirical results. It is concluded that the model does allow for the operation both of iterated interaction and kin selection. The methods presented in this paper allow the operation of the two mechanisms to be distinguished in any instance of the model.

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