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Modelling animal behaviour in contests: conventions for resource allocation

Quinn, M. and Noble, J. (2001) Modelling animal behaviour in contests: conventions for resource allocation. In: Kelemen, J. and Sosik, P., (eds.) Advances in Artificial Life : 6th European Conference, ECAL 2001, Prague, Czech Republic, September 10-14, 2001. Proceedings. Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (2159). Springer-Verlag , Germany , pp. 367-376. ISBN 3540425675

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The selective pressures affecting animal contest behaviour are investigated with an evolutionary simulation model. Two agents of differing fighting ability compete for control of an indivisible resource. Results indicate the evolution of coordinated behaviour that avoids unnecessary fighting. Detailed examination of one run shows the use of an arbitrary convention which makes ability irrelevant to contest outcome. Implications for theories of animal conflict are explored.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2001 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg. This is an author produced version of a chapter from "Advances in Artifical Life"
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Engineering (Leeds) > School of Computing (Leeds)
Depositing User: Repository Officer
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2006
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2014 11:48
Published Version: http://www.springerlink.com/openurl.asp?genre=arti...
Status: Published
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
Refereed: No
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/1256

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