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Game Theory, Evolution and Ecology

Fundamental concepts of evolutionary game theory and their application in biology. Topics include: the strategy and payoff matrix, the game tree, strategic and extensive form games, symmetric games, Nash equilibria. Evolutionary game theory concepts are discussed for two-strategy games (Prisoner's Dilemma, Hawk-Dove) and three-strategy games (Rock-Scissors-Paper). Biological examples are studied, such as blood sharing in vampire bats, competition in bacteria, or the evolution of altruistic punishment.BIOL 384L and MATH 384L are the same course.

Pre Requisites: Pre-requisite = BIOL 290 and completion of MATH 135, 140, 145, 146 or completion of BIOL 102 and MATH 303

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