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Entropy 2016, 18(4), 152;

An Evolutionary Game Theoretic Approach to Multi-Sector Coordination and Self-Organization

INESC-ID and Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, IST-Tagusparque, 2744-016 Porto Salvo, Portugal
ATP-group, P-2744-016 Porto Salvo, Portugal
Centro Interdisciplinar de Ciências Sociais CICS.NOVA, Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas, Universidade Nova de Lisboa (FCSH/UNL), Avenida de Berna, 26-C, 1069-061 Lisboa, Portugal
Environmental Simulation Laboratory (ESLab), Department of Geography and the Human Environment, Tel Aviv University, 69978 Tel Aviv, Israel
Centro de Biologia Molecular e Ambiental, Universidade do Minho, 4710-057 Braga, Portugal
Departamento de Matemática e Aplicações, Universidade do Minho, 4710-057 Braga, Portugal
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Academic Editor: Kevin H. Knuth
Received: 20 November 2015 / Revised: 15 March 2016 / Accepted: 12 April 2016 / Published: 20 April 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Information and Self-Organization)
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Coordination games provide ubiquitous interaction paradigms to frame human behavioral features, such as information transmission, conventions and languages as well as socio-economic processes and institutions. By using a dynamical approach, such as Evolutionary Game Theory (EGT), one is able to follow, in detail, the self-organization process by which a population of individuals coordinates into a given behavior. Real socio-economic scenarios, however, often involve the interaction between multiple co-evolving sectors, with specific options of their own, that call for generalized and more sophisticated mathematical frameworks. In this paper, we explore a general EGT approach to deal with coordination dynamics in which individuals from multiple sectors interact. Starting from a two-sector, consumer/producer scenario, we investigate the effects of including a third co-evolving sector that we call public. We explore the changes in the self-organization process of all sectors, given the feedback that this new sector imparts on the other two. View Full-Text
Keywords: coordination games; evolutionary game theory; multiple sectors; social dynamics coordination games; evolutionary game theory; multiple sectors; social dynamics

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Santos, F.P.; Encarnação, S.; Santos, F.C.; Portugali, J.; Pacheco, J.M. An Evolutionary Game Theoretic Approach to Multi-Sector Coordination and Self-Organization. Entropy 2016, 18, 152.

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