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An Informational Study of the Evolution of Codes in Different Population Structures

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationALIFE 14
Subtitle of host publicationProcs of the 14th Int Conf on the Synthesis and Simulation of living Systems
EditorsHiroki Sayama
PublisherMIT Press
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventALIFE 2014 - New York, United States
Duration: 30 Jul 20142 Aug 2014


ConferenceALIFE 2014
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNew York


We consider the problem of the evolution of a code within a structured population of agents. The agents try to maximise their information about their environment by acquiring information from the outputs of other agents in the population. A naive use of information-theoretic methods would assume that every agent knows how to “interpret” the information offered by other agents. However, this assumes that one “knows” which other agents one observes, and thus which code they use. In our model, however, we wish to preclude that: it is not clear which other agents an agent is observing, and the resulting usable information is therefore influenced by the universality of the code used and by which agents an agent is “listening” to.


Best Student Paper Award. Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 United States

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