Evolution of extortion in Iterated Prisoner's Dilemma games

Hilbe C, Nowak MA, & Sigmund K (2013). Evolution of extortion in Iterated Prisoner's Dilemma games. IIASA Interim Report. IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria: IR-13-038

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Abstract

Iterated games are a fundamental component of economic and evolutionary game theory. They describe situations where two players interact repeatedly and have the ability to use conditional strategies that depend on the outcome of previous interactions, thus allowing for reciprocation. Recently, a new class of strategies has been proposed, so-called "zero-determinant" strategies. These strategies enforce a fixed linear relationship between one's own payoff and that of the other player. A subset of those strategies allows "extortioners" to ensure that any increase in one player.s own payoff exceeds that of the other player by a fixed percentage. Here, we analyze the evolutionary performance of this new class of strategies. We show that in reasonably large populations, they can act as catalysts for the evolution of cooperation, similar to tit-for-tat, but that they are not the stable outcome of natural selection. In very small populations, however, extortioners hold their ground. Extortion strategies do particularly well in coevolutionary arms races between two distinct populations. Significantly, they benefit the population that evolves at the slower rate, an example of the so-called "Red King" effect. This may affect the evolution of interactions between host species and their endosymbionts.

Item Type: Monograph (IIASA Interim Report)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Replicator dynamics; Adaptive dynamics
Research Programs: Evolution and Ecology (EEP)
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 08:49
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2016 18:28
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/10725

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