Evolutionary stable strategy application of Nash equilibrium in biology

Ray-Mukherjee, Jayanti and Mukherjee, Shomen (2016) Evolutionary stable strategy application of Nash equilibrium in biology. Resonance : Journal of Science Education, 21 (9). pp. 803-814. ISSN 0973-712X

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Every behaviourally responsive animal (including us) make decisions. These can be simple behavioural decisions such as where to feed, what to feed, how long to feed, decisions related to finding, choosing and competing for mates, or simply maintaining one's territory. All these are conflict situations between competing individuals, hence can be best understood using a game theory approach. Using some examples of classical games, we show how evolutionary game theory can help understand behavioural decisions of animals. Game theory (along with its cousin, optimality theory) continues to provide a strong conceptual and theoretical framework to ecologists for understanding the mechanisms by which species coexist.

Item Type: Article
Authors: Ray-Mukherjee, Jayanti and Mukherjee, Shomen
Uncontrolled Keywords: Evolutionary game theory, evolutionary stable state, conflict, cooperation, biological games
Subjects: Natural Sciences > Life sciences; biology
Divisions: Azim Premji University > School of Arts and Sciences
Full Text Status: Public
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URI: http://publications.azimpremjiuniversity.edu.in/id/eprint/219
Publisher URL: https://www.ias.ac.in/article/fulltext/reso/021/09...

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