Building cooperative networks

Ignacio Gomez Portillo

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We study the cooperation problem in the framework of evolutionary game theory by using the prisoner's dilemma as a metaphor of the problem. By considering the growing process of the system and individuals with imitation capacity, we show conditions that allow the formation of highly cooperative networks of any size and topology. By introducing general considerations of real systems, we reduce the required conditions for cooperation to evolve, which approaches the benefit-cost ratio r for the theoretical minimum r=1 when the mean connectivity of the individuals is increased. Throughout the paper, we distinguish different mechanisms that allow the system to maintain high levels of cooperation when the system grows by incorporation of defectors. These mechanisms require heterogeneity among individuals for cooperation to evolve. However, the required benefit-cost ratio and heterogeneities are drastically reduced as compared to those required for static networks. © 2012 American Physical Society.
Original languageEnglish
Article number051108
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 6 Nov 2012


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