The Complexity of Cooperation: Agent-Based Models of Competition and Collaboration / Edition 1

The Complexity of Cooperation: Agent-Based Models of Competition and Collaboration / Edition 1

by Robert M. Axelrod, Robert Axelrod
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691015678

ISBN-13: 9780691015675

Pub. Date: 08/18/1997

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Robert Axelrod is widely known for his groundbreaking work in game theory and complexity theory. He is a leader in applying computer modeling to social science problems. His book The Evolution of Cooperation has been hailed as a seminal contribution and has been translated into eight languages since its initial publication. The Complexity of

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Robert Axelrod is widely known for his groundbreaking work in game theory and complexity theory. He is a leader in applying computer modeling to social science problems. His book The Evolution of Cooperation has been hailed as a seminal contribution and has been translated into eight languages since its initial publication. The Complexity of Cooperation is a sequel to that landmark book. It collects seven essays, originally published in a broad range of journals, and adds an extensive new introduction to the collection, along with new prefaces to each essay and a useful new appendix of additional resources. Written in Axelrod's acclaimed, accessible style, this collection serves as an introductory text on complexity theory and computer modeling in the social sciences and as an overview of the current state of the art in the field.

The articles move beyond the basic paradigm of the Prisoner's Dilemma to study a rich set of issues, including how to cope with errors in perception or implementation, how norms emerge, and how new political actors and regions of shared culture can develop. They use the shared methodology of agent-based modeling, a powerful technique that specifies the rules of interaction between individuals and uses computer simulation to discover emergent properties of the social system. The Complexity of Cooperation is essential reading for all social scientists who are interested in issues of cooperation and complexity

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691015675
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
08/18/1997
Series:
Princeton Studies in Complexity Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
248
Sales rank:
1,217,994
Product dimensions:
6.09(w) x 9.22(h) x 0.55(d)

Table of Contents


List of Tables and Figures
Preface
Introduction3
1Evolving New Strategies10
2Coping with Noise30
3Promoting Norms40
4Choosing Sides69
5Setting Standards95
6Building New Political Actors121
7Disseminating Culture145
App. AReplication of Agent-Based Models181
App. BResources for Agent-Based Modeling206
Index223

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