Complexity of Cooperation Agent-Based Models of Competition and Collaboration

ISBN-10: 0691015678

ISBN-13: 9780691015675

Edition: 1998

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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 bookThe Evolution of Cooperationhas been hailed as a seminal contribution and has been translated into eight languages since its initial publication. TheComplexity of Cooperationis 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 Cooperationis essential reading for all social scientists who are interested in issues of cooperation and complexity
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Book details

List price: $46.00
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 9/7/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 248
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

List of Tables and Figures
Preface
Introduction
Evolving New Strategies
Coping with Noise
Promoting Norms
Choosing Sides
Setting Standards
Building New Political Actors
Disseminating Culture
Replication of Agent-Based Models
Resources for Agent-Based Modeling
Index
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