Issue: 2009/Vol.19/No.2, Pages 51-74
LARGE POPULATION EVOLUTIONARY GAMES PLAYED WITHIN A LIFE HISTORY FRAMEWORK
Cite as: D. Ramsey. Large population evolutionary games played within a life history framework. Operations Research and Decisions 2009: 19(2), 51-74.
In many evolutionary games, such as parental care games, the length of time spent playing a realisation of the game is dependent on the strategy of an individual. Also, the payoff of a deserting male cannot be defined in isolation from the strategies used in the population as a whole. Such games should be defined as games against the field (large population games) rather than two-player games. Several examples are presented to illustrate the theory of such games against the field
Keywords: evolutionary game theory, game against the field, phase, evolutionarily stable strategy, neighbourhood invasion strategy, polymorphism