When do optimisation arguments make evolutionary sense?

Gyllenberg, M., Metz, J.A.J., & Service, R. (2011). When do optimisation arguments make evolutionary sense? In: The Mathematics of Darwin's Legacy. Eds. Chalub, FACC & Rodrigues, JF, Basel: Springer. ISBN 978-3-0348-0121-8 10.1007/978-3-0348-0122-5_12.

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The simplest behaviour one can hope for when studying a mathematical model of evolution by natural selection is when evolution always maximises the value of some function of the trait under consideration, thus providing an absolute measure of fitness for the model. We survey the role of such models, known as optimisation models in the literature, and give some general results concerning the question of when a model turns out to be an optimisation model. The results presented vary from more abstract results with a game-theoretical flavour to more detailed considerations of life history models. We also give a number of concrete examples and discuss the role of optimisation models in the wider framework of adaptive dynamics.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Evolution by natural selection; Order relation; Rock-scissors-paper; Adaptive dynamics; Evolutionarily Steady Strategy
Research Programs: Evolution and Ecology (EEP)
Bibliographic Reference: In: FACC Chalub, JF Rodrigues (eds); The Mathematics of Darwin's Legacy; Springer, Basel, Switzerland pp.233-268
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Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 08:45
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 17:21
URI: https://pure.iiasa.ac.at/9695

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