Multiplicative updates in coordination games and the theory of evolution

  title={Multiplicative updates in coordination games and the theory of evolution},
  author={Erick J. Chastain and Adi Livnat and Christos H. Papadimitriou and Umesh V. Vazirani},
  booktitle={Information Technology Convergence and Services},
In this paper we point out a new and unexpected connection between three fields: Evolution Theory, Game Theory, and Algorithms. In particular, we study the standard equations of population genetics for Evolution, in the presence of recombination (sex), focusing on the important special case of weak selection [1,2] in which all fitness values are assumed to be close to one another. Weak selection is the mathematical regime capturing the widely accepted Neutral Theory proposed by Kimura in the… 

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