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Games 2010, 1(2), 103-116; doi:10.3390/g1020103
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The ‘Hawk-Dove’ Game and the Speed of the Evolutionary Process in Small Heterogeneous Populations

Received: 2 April 2010; in revised form: 30 April 2010 / Accepted: 4 May 2010 / Published: 6 May 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Social Networks and Network Formation)
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Abstract: I study the speed of the evolutionary process on small heterogeneous graphs using the Hawk-Dove game. The graphs are based on empirical observation data of grooming interactions in 81 primate groups. Analytic results for the star graph have revealed that irregular graphs can slow down the evolutionary process by increasing the mean time to absorption. Here I show that the same effects can be found for graphs representing natural animal populations which are much less heterogeneous than star graphs. Degree variance has proven to be a good predictor for the mean time to absorption also for these graphs.
Keywords: evolutionary game theory; heterogeneity; games on graphs evolutionary game theory; heterogeneity; games on graphs
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Voelkl, B. The ‘Hawk-Dove’ Game and the Speed of the Evolutionary Process in Small Heterogeneous Populations. Games 2010, 1, 103-116.

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Voelkl B. The ‘Hawk-Dove’ Game and the Speed of the Evolutionary Process in Small Heterogeneous Populations. Games. 2010; 1(2):103-116.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Voelkl, Bernhard. 2010. "The ‘Hawk-Dove’ Game and the Speed of the Evolutionary Process in Small Heterogeneous Populations." Games 1, no. 2: 103-116.

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