Emergence of Cooperation in N-player games on small world networks

Colm O'Riordan, Alan Cunningham, Humphrey Sorensen
2008 Workshop on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems  
The emergence of cooperation in social dilemmas has been addressed in a number of fields. In this paper, we illustrate how robust cooperation can emerge among a population of agents participating in a N-player dilemma when the agents are spatially arranged on a graph exhibiting small world properties. We present a graph structure with a high level of community structure, small diameter and a variance in the node degree distribution. We show that with simple learning rules, robust cooperation
more » ... rges. We also show that a population of agents whose interactions are constrained by such a graph can adapt to dramatic environmental changes.
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