Christopher X J. Jensen
Associate Professor, Pratt Institute

Agent-based modeling instead of game theory: I agree!

Posted 20 Sep 2012 / 0

The Society PagesProgressing from game theory to agent based modelling to simulate social emergence

This is a nice albeit pretty choppy explanation for why we should not listen to orthodox/traditional game theorists. The only argument I see missing here is that game theory relies on the assumption of a well-mixed population: even the Prisoner’s Dilemma played within a spatially-explicit structure can produce “irrational” cooperation.

I really like the ‘ecological’ component of this piece. A dynamic economy — like a dynamic ecological community — demands strategies that are plastic and reactive to local context.

A Minor Post, Cooperation, Emergence, Evolutionary Modeling, Game Theory, Individual-based Models, Spatially Explicit Modeling, Web

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