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A Spatial Simulation of the Battle of the Sexes

Postma, I.H.J. (2012) A Spatial Simulation of the Battle of the Sexes. Master's Thesis / Essay, Computing Science.

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Abstract

In many species of animal, females require males to invest a substantial amount of time or effort in a relationship before mating. In evolutionary biology, the Battle of the Sexes is a game-theoretical model that tries to illustrate how this coy behaviour by females can survive over time. In its classical form of the game, the success of a specific mating strategy depends on the ratio of strategies of the opposite sex. This assumes that strategies are uniformly distributed. In other evolutionary games it has been shown that introducing a spatial dimension changes the outcome of the game. In a spatial game, the success of a strategy depends on the location. In a spatial version of the Battle of the Sexes it can be shown that the equilibrium that is present in the non-spatial game does not necessarily emerge when individuals only interact locally. A simulation also shows that the population oscillates around an equilibrium which was predicted when the non-spatial model was first coined and which was previously illustrated using a system of ordinary differential equations.

Item Type: Thesis (Master's Thesis / Essay)
Degree programme: Computing Science
Thesis type: Master's Thesis / Essay
Language: English
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2018 07:50
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2018 07:50
URI: http://fse.studenttheses.ub.rug.nl/id/eprint/10537

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