Stochastic Payoff Evaluation Increases the Temperature of Selection
Pacheco, Jorge M.
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CitationTraulsen, Arne, Martin A. Nowak, and Jorge M. Pacheco. 2007. Stochastic payoff evaluation increases the temperature of selection. Journal of Theoretical Biology 244(2): 349-356.
AbstractWe study stochastic evolutionary game dynamics in populations of finite size. Moreover, each individual has a randomly distributed number of interactions with other individuals. Therefore, the payoff of two individuals using the same strategy can be different. The resulting “payoff stochasticity” reduces the intensity of selection and therefore increases the temperature of selection. A simple mean-field approximation is derived that captures the average effect of the payoff stochasticity. Correction terms to the mean-field theory are computed and discussed.
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