Lecture 33 - Evolutionary Game Theory: Fighting and Contests

author: Stephen C. Stearns, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Yale University
recorded by: Yale University
published: April 21, 2010,   recorded: April 2009,   views: 3563
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The economic concept of game theory can be readily applied to evolution and behavior. By analyzing encounters between organisms as a mathematical "game," important information such as fitness payoffs and the proportions of "strategies" played by each group within a population can be inferred. While oftentimes these games are too simplified to apply directly to actual examples in nature, they are still useful models that help convey important concepts.

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Krebs, John R. and Nicholas B. Davies. An Introduction to Behavioral Ecology, chapter 7

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