Game theory and the evolution of behaviour.

  title={Game theory and the evolution of behaviour.},
  author={Jeff C. Smith},
  journal={Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences},
  volume={205 1161},
  • Jeff C. Smith
  • Published 1979 in
    Proceedings of the Royal Society of London…
How far can game theory account for the evolution of contest behaviour in animals? The first qualitative prediction of the theory was that symmetric contests in which escalation is expensive should lead to mixed strategies. As yet it is hard to say how far this is borne out, because of the difficulty of distinguishing a 'mixed evolutionarily stable strategy' maintained by frequency-dependent selection from a 'pure conditional strategy'; the distinction is discussed in relation to several field… CONTINUE READING
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