The Evolutionary Game Theory Reading Group is a journal club and discussion group organized by Artem Kaznatcheev to study evolutionary game theory (EGT). We concentrate on readings that apply nice analytic or computational models to questions in EGT. We have emphasised the evolution of cooperation, and the importance and impact of network structure on evolutionary dynamics. During the Winter and Summer terms of 2010 we met on a weekly basis to present and discuss important papers in the field. If you would like to find out more or join the reading group's mailing list please email:


Organizer: Artem Kaznatcheev
Professors: Heungsun Hwang, Doina Precup, Simon M. Reader, Derek Ruths, Thomas R. Shultz
Graduate students: Magnus Bein, Ben Haller, Allen Larocque, Julian Z. Xue
Undergrad students: Kyler Brown, Matthew de Courcy-Ireland, Maxwell Farrell, Thomas Funck, Alexander Metz, Marcel Montrey, Cameron Taylor

Papers read

November 15 Jackson, M.O., and Rogers, B.W. [2007] "Meeting Strangers and Friends of Friends: How Random Are Social Networks?", American Economic Review 890-915.
November 8 Santos, F.C., Pacheco, J.M., and Lenaerts, T. [2006] "Cooperation prevails when individuals adjust their social ties," PLOS Computational Biology 2:10 1284-1291.
September 24 Wild, G., and Taylor, P.D. [2004] "Fitness and evolutionary stability in game theoretic models of finite populations," Proc. R. Soc. Lond. B 271: 2345-2349.
June 30 Rosvall, M., and Bergstrom, C.T. [2007] "An information-theoretic framework for resolving community structure in complex networks," Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 104:7327-7331
Rosvall, M., and Bergstrom, C.T. [2008] "Maps of information flow reveal community structure in complex networks," Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA. 105:1118-1123
June 23 Vainstein, M.H., Silva, A.T.C., and Arenzon, J.J. [2007] "Does mobility decrease cooperation?" Journal of Theoretical Biology 244: 722-728.
June 16 Taylor, P.D., Day, T., and Wild, G. [2007] "Evolution of cooperation in a finite homogeneous graph," Nature 447: 469-472.
June 9 Albert, R., and Barabasi, A.-L. [2002] "Statistical mechanics of complex networks," Reviews of Modern Physics 74(1): 47-97. [Section VIII: 76-86]
May 26 Santos, F.C., and Pacheco, J.M. [2005] "Scale-free networks provide a unifying framework for the emergence of cooperation," Physical Review Letters 95: 098104
Santos, F.C., Snatos, M.D., and Pacheco, J.M. [2008] "Social diversity promotes the emergence of cooperation in public goods games," Nature 454: 213-216
May 19 Abramson, G., and Kuperman M. [2001] "Social games in a social network," Physical Review E 63: 030901
May 12 Ohtsuki, H., and Nowak, M.A. [2006] "The replicator equation on graphs," Journal of Theoretical Biology 243: 86-97
May 5 Pacheco, J.W., Traulsen, A., and Nowak, M.A. [2006] "Coevolution of strategy and structure in complex networks with dynamic linking," Physical Review Letters 97: 258103
April 28 Watts, A. [2001] "A dynamic model of network formation," Games and economic behavior 34: 331-341
April 21 van Baalen, M., & Rand, D.A. [1998] "The unit of selection in viscous populations and the evolution of altruism," Journal of Theoretical Biology 193: 631-648
April 5 Lieberman, E., Hauert, C., and Nowak, M.A. [2005]. "Evolutionary dynamics on graphs," Nature 433: 312-316.
Ohtsuki, H., Hauert, C., Lieberman, E., and Nowak, M.A. [2006]. "A simple rule for evolution of cooperation on graphs and social networks," Nature 441: 502-505.
Chapter 8 of Evolutionary Dynamics by M.A. Nowak. [optional]
March 29 Killingback, T., Bieri, J., and Flatt, T. [2006] "Evolution in group-structured populations can resolve the tragedy of the commons," Proc. R. Soc. B 273: 1477-1481.
Reeve, H. K., and Holldobler, B. [2007] "The emergence of a superorganism through intergroup competition," PNAS 104(23): 9736-9740.
Lehmann, L., Keller, L., West, S., and Roze, D. [2007] "Group selection and kin selection: Two concepts but one process," PNAS 106(14): 6736-6739.
March 15 Hofbauer, J. and Sigmund, K. [2003] "Evolutionary game dynamics," Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society 40(4):479-519. [First 2 sections]
March 8 Taylor, P.D., and Irwin, A.J. [2000] "Overlapping generations can promote altruistic behavior," Evolution 54(4): 1135-1141
Taylor, P.D., and Frank, S.A. [1996] "How to make a kin selection model," Journal of Theoretical Biology 180: 27-37 [optional]
Taylor, P.D. [1996] "Inclusive fitness arguments in genetic models of behaviour," Journal of Mathematical Biology 34: 654-674 [optional]
March 3 Lehmann, L. & Keller L. [2006] "The evolution of cooperation and altruism - a general framework and a classification of models," Journal of Evolutionary Biology 19, 1365-1376
Doebeli, M. & Hauert, C. [2006] "Limits of Hamilton's rule," Journal of Evolutionary Biology 19, 1386-1388
February 15 Nowak, M.A. & May, R.M. [1992] "Evolutionary games and spatial chaos," Nature 359, 829-829
Nowak, M.A. & May, R.M. [1993] "The spatial dilemmas of evolution," International Journal of Bifurcation and Chaos 3:1, 35-78
January 21 Hammond, R.A. & Axelrod, R. [2006] "Evolution of contingent altruism when cooperation is expensive," Theoretical Population Biology 69:3, 333-338