Variation and the response to variation as a basis for successful cooperation.

@article{McNamara2010VariationAT,
  title={Variation and the response to variation as a basis for successful cooperation.},
  author={John McNamara and Olof Leimar},
  journal={Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences},
  year={2010},
  volume={365 1553},
  pages={2627-33}
}
In applying game theory to problems in biology, differences between individuals are often ignored. In particular, when analysing the evolution of cooperation it is often implicitly assumed that ignoring variation will produce predictions that approximate the solution when differences are included. This need not be true. As we demonstrate, differences are not innocuous noise, but can fundamentally change the nature of a game. Even small amounts of variability can stabilize cooperation by, for… CONTINUE READING

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