This article was submitted as an invited paper resulting from the “Understanding Complex Systems” conference held at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, May 2007.
Animal network phenomena: Insights from triadic games†
Article first published online: 1 OCT 2008
Copyright © 2008 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Volume 14, Issue 4, pages 44–50, March/April 2009
How to Cite
Mesterton-Gibbons, M. and Sherratt, T. N. (2009), Animal network phenomena: Insights from triadic games. Complexity, 14: 44–50. doi: 10.1002/cplx.20251
- Issue published online: 3 MAR 2009
- Article first published online: 1 OCT 2008
- Manuscript Accepted: AUG 2008
- Manuscript Received: JUN 2007
- animal conflict;
- complex games;
- coalition formation;
- victory displays
Triadic interactions have a very important role to play in games of animal conflict on complex networks, because triads are both the simplest groups in which asymmetric network phenomena can be studied and the groups beyond dyads in which analysis of population games is most likely to be tractable, especially when allowing for intrinsic variation. Here we demonstrate how analytical models of triadic games can yield novel insights into a variety of behavioral phenomena within networks, including coalition formation, eavesdropping, and victory displays. © 2008 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Complexity, 2009