Econ/CMPS/Bio 166a/272 -- Evolutionary Game Theory // Prof. Dan Friedman


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Evolutionary Game Theory

The class is a second course in modern game theory with applications in the social sciences as well as in biology and computer science. The focus is evolutionary games and spatial games, and simulation techniques. Undergraduate students are expected to have completed the first course, Econ/Cmps166A /Bio 176A, or have an equivalent background. It is held in conjunction with the graduate course Econ/Cmps 272.

The primary text is Evolutionary Games in Natural, Social and Virtual Worlds by Friedman and Sinervo [denoted FS below], Oxford University Press, 2016. Supplementary texts include Population Games and Evolutionary Dynamics by William Sandholm (MIT Press, 2010), Evolutionary Dynamics by Martin Nowak (Harvard University Press, 2006) and an undergraduate game theory text such as Games, Strategies and Decision Making by Joseph Harrington (Worth Publishers, 2009) or Strategy by Joel Watson (Norton, 2008). The supplementary texts will be on 2-hour reserve at the Science Library. Other materials will appear on the class website.

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The class meets Tu Th 3:20 - 4:55pm in 161 Soc Sci 1. Office hours are W 2-4pm in 417 Engineering 2 for Dan, and Tu Th 1-2pm in A409 Earth & Marine Sciences for Barry.

Due dates.

Term project final draft due noon Tuesday, March 21. Please email as attachment to both instructors, and leave 2 printed copies with one of them.

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