Special Issue "Non-Imitative Dynamics in Evolutionary Game Theory"

A special issue of Games (ISSN 2073-4336).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 January 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Daniele Vilone

LABSS (Laboratory of Agent Based Social Simulation), Institute of Cognitive Science and Technology, National Research Council (CNR), Via Palestro 32, 00185 Rome, Italy
Grupo Interdisciplinar de Sistemas Complejos (GISC), Departamento de Matemáticas, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, 28911 Leganés, Spain
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Interests: physics of complex systems (particular in social and biological systems); game theory; interdisciplinary physics; evolutionary dynamics; biophysics and experimental psychology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Game Theory, originally conceived as the mathematical theory of decision processes, has successively provided a mathematical framework for the theory of the evolution, allowing the rising of purely analytical studies on this topic. In particular, Evolutionary Game Theory has been employed in the last few decades to resolve the conundrum of cooperation: Indeed, pro-social behaviors are generally recognized to be detrimental for individual fitness, though they are often very beneficial for a community as a whole. In order to cope with this problem, in many game-theoretical models, the evolutionary process is schematized with an imitation mechanism; that is, the agents with low fitness copy the strategies of the best performing ones with a probability given by the model's details. However, there can be several different mechanisms that can make a population evolve and explore the possible strategy evolutionary landscapes. Therefore, in this Special Issue, we aim to collect papers that contribute to theoretical research about these diverse types of processes. Such papers can be purely mathematical, focused on simulations, or both. Possible applications, not only to theoretical biology, but also to social, psychological, and economic dynamics, are highly recommended.

Dr. Daniele Vilone
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Game Theory
  • Evolution
  • Population Dynamics
  • Social Simulations
  • Algorithms
  • Econophysics

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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