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Game Theory and Animal Behaviour

Edited By: Lee Alan Dugatkin and Hudson Kern Reeve

320 pages, 46 illus, figs, tabs

Oxford University Press

Paperback | Apr 2000 | #107222 | ISBN: 0195137906
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Hardback | Dec 1998 | #77235 | ISBN: 0195096924
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Overview of game theory models, their uses, and their strengths and weaknesses.

"Describes many interesting examples of animal behaviour, including games between foraging producers and scroungers, reciprocal grooming in impala, territorial defence by birds and spiders, animal communication, parent-offspring conflict, and colony founding by ants. There are many accounts of experimental tests of game theory models, along with clear discussions of the limitations of the game theory approach. The quality of writing (often a problem in edited volumes) is uniformly good. The chapter by R. Gomulkiewicz is especially important, because it connects game theory, other optimization methods, and quantitative genetics with a focus on an empirical strategy for detecting adaptation and constraint." --Nature
"The book is a worthwhile addition to graduate collections and some undergraduate collections emphasizing behavioral ecology, as most chapters are sufficiently general to be of use for a longer time than the typical symposium volume."--Choice
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1: P. Hammerstein: What is Evolutionary Game Theory?. 2: L.A. Giraldeau: Game Theory and Social Foraging. 3: L.A. Dugatkin: Game Theory and Cooperation. 4: S. Riechert: Game Theory and Animal Contests. 5: R. Johnston: Game Theory and Communication. 6: H. Kern Reeve: Game Theory, Reproductive Skew, and Nepotism. 7: D. Mock, et al: Game Theory, Sibling Rivalry, and Parent-Offspring Conflict. 8: M. Gross & J. Repka: Game Theory and Inheritance in the Conditional Strategy. 9: J. Brown: Game Theory and Habitat Selection. 10: A. Sih: Game Theory and Predator-Prey Response Rqces. 11: D. Stephens & K. Clements: Game Theory and Learning. 12: D.S. Wilson: Game Theory and Human Behavior. 13: R. Gomulkiewicz: Game Theory, Optimization, and Quantitative Genetics. 14: H.K. Reeve and L.A. Dugatkin: Why We Need Evolutionary Game Theory

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