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Description

Principles of Evolution, Ecology and Behavior (EEB 122)
The economic concept of game theory can be readily applied to evolution and behavior. By analyzing encounters between organisms as a mathematical "game," important information such as fitness payoffs and the proportions of "strategies" played by each group within a population can be inferred. While oftentimes these games are too simplified to apply directly to actual examples in nature, they are still useful models that help convey important concepts.
00:00 - Chapter 1. Introduction
03:58 - Chapter 2. Background to Game Theory
09:49 - Chapter 3. The Hawk-Dove Game
21:43 - Chapter 4. The Prisoner's Dilemma
29:18 - Chapter 5. Contextual Biological Examples
40:48 - Chapter 6. Conclusion
Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website: http://open.yale.edu/courses
This course was recorded in Spring 2009.

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