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Environmental risk, cooperation, and communication complexity

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Peter Andras, Dr Gilbert Roberts, Dr John Lazarus



The evolution of cooperation and communication in communities of individuals is a puzzling problem for a wide range of scientific disciplines, ranging from evolutionary theory to the theory and application of multi-agent systems. A key issue is to understand the factors that affect collaboration and communication evolution. To address this problem, here we choose the environmental risk as a compact descriptor of the environment in a model world of simple agents. We analyse the evolution of cooperation and communication as a function of the environmental risk. Our findings show that collaboration is more likely to rise to high levels within the agent society in a world characterised by high risk than in one characterised by low risk. With, respect to the evolution of communication, we found that communities of agents with high levels of collaboration are more likely to use less complex communication than those which show lower levels of collaboration. Our results have important implications for understanding the evolution of both cooperation and communication, and the interrelationships between them.

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Author(s): Andras P, Roberts G, Lazarus J

Editor(s): Alonso E; Kudenko D; Kazakov D

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: Adaptive agents and multi-agent systems : adaptation and multi-agent learning

Year: 2003

Volume: 2636

Pages: 558-560

Print publication date: 01/01/2003

Series Title: Lecture Notes in Computer Science

Publisher: Springer

Place Published: Berlin


DOI: 10.1007/3-540-44826-8_4

Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 3540400680