Overcoming the Tragedy of the Commune in the Hawk-Dove game through Conventional Coding

TitleOvercoming the Tragedy of the Commune in the Hawk-Dove game through Conventional Coding
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsDe Beule, J
Conference NameProceedings of BeneLearn and PMLS 2012
Conference LocationGhent, Belgium
AbstractIn the Hawk-Dove game, where two individuals compete over a resource, fully cooperating or "dove"-like behavior is vulnerable to invasion by defecting or "hawk"-like behavior, a fact also known as the "tragedy of the commune'". This tragedy can be overcome by so-called "bourgeois" or "anarchist" players which conventionally base their behavior on an external sign. However, it is not a-priori clear how such behavior could evolve through natural selection alone. In this paper it is shown, through simulations, that it can be the result of a more general strategy by which adaptive agents learn and establish a globally shared conventional code.