Population Games and Evolutionary Dynamics

April 14, 2014

Speaker: Bill Sandholm (Economics)

Abstract: Population games provide a general model of strategic interactions among large numbers of agents; highway congestion, multilateral externalities, and natural selection are among their many applications.  To model the dynamics of behavior in population games, we introduce revision protocols, which provide explicit stochastic descriptions of how individual agents make decisions.

When the number of agents is large enough, the evolution of aggregate behavior can be described by solutions to ordinary differential equations.  We discuss classes of population games in which these evolutionary dynamics lead to equilibrium play, we consider simple examples in which cycling and chaos can arise.

As always, there will be free food!