EVOC: A Computer Model of the Evolution of Culture [article]

Liane Gabora
<span title="2014-09-03">2014</span> <i > arXiv </i> &nbsp; <span class="release-stage" >pre-print</span>
EVOC is a computer model of the EVOlution of Culture. It consists of neural network based agents that invent ideas for actions, and imitate neighbors' actions. EVOC replicates using a different fitness function the results obtained with an earlier model (MAV), including (1) an increase in mean fitness of actions, and (2) an increase and then decrease in the diversity of actions. Diversity of actions is positively correlated with number of needs, population size and density, and with the erosion
more &raquo; ... of borders between populations. Slowly eroding borders maximize diversity, fostering specialization followed by sharing of fit actions. Square (as opposed to toroidal) worlds also exhibit higher diversity. Introducing a leader that broadcasts its actions throughout the population increases the fitness of actions but reduces diversity; these effects diminish the more leaders there are. Low density populations have less fit ideas but broadcasting diminishes this effect.
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