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Author: Robert Axelrod
Publisher: Princeton University Press (August 18, 1997)
Language: English
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Home Browse Books Book details, The Complexity of Cooperation: Agent-Based Models. Robert Axelrod is widely known for his groundbreaking work in game theory and complexity theory.

Home Browse Books Book details, The Complexity of Cooperation: Agent-Based Models. The Complexity of Cooperation: Agent-Based Models of Competition and Collaboration. He is a leader in applying computer modeling to social science problems. The Complexity of Cooperation is a sequel to that landmark book.

The Complexity of Cooperation, by Robert Axelrod, 0691015678 is the sequel to The Evolution of Cooperation. It is a compendium of seven articles that previously appeared in journals on a variety of subjects. The book extends Axelrod's method of applying the results of game theory, in particular that derived from analysis of the Prisoner's Dilemma (IPD) problem, to real world situations.

Robert Axelrod's extraordinary book, The Evolution of Cooperation was globally acclaimed for the rich results of its simple model. The Complexity of Cooperation now gathers together the myriad fruits of more than a decade's work, carefully 'complexifying' his initial model. Like his ideas, his prose is clear and engaging. His delight as he unveils each surprising discovery is infectious. This book is not merely important; it's fu. ―Robert D. Putnam, author of Making Democracy Work. From the Inside Flap.

The Complexity of Cooperation is a sequel to that landmark book.

The Complexity of Cooperation is essential reading for all social scientists who are interested in issues of cooperation and complexity.

The Complexity of Cooperation: Agent-Based Models of Competition and Collaboration. Robert Axelrod Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press 1997 Cloth: ISBN 0-691-01568-6; Paper: ISBN 0-691-01567-6. An example of the former appears in Watson's (1995, p. 182) Dark Nature

Robert Axelrod's extraordinary book, The Evolution of Cooperation was globally acclaimed for the rich results of its simple model. His delight as he unveils each surprising "Robert Axelrod's extraordinary book, The Evolution of Cooperation was globally acclaimed for the rich results of its simple model.

1997 International Competition and the Nation-State in Historical Perspective. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press

The Complexity of Cooperation: Agent-Based Models of Competition and Collaboration, Princeton Studies in Complexity. Princeton University Press. Axelrod, Robert and Keohane, Robert . .Achieving Cooperation under Anarchy: Strategies and institutions. In Oye, Kenneth . e. Cooperation under Anarchy. Princeton University Press, 226–54. Axelrod, Robert and Hamilton, W.The Evolution of Cooperation. Science, 211: 1390–96. International Competition and the Nation-State in Historical Perspective. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. Hont, Istvan and Ignatieff, Michael, eds.

Robert Axelrod is widely known for his groundbreaking work in game theory and complexity theory. TheComplexity of Cooperationis a sequel to that landmark book. It collects seven essays, originally published in a broad range of journals, and adds an extensive new introduction to the collection, along with new prefaces to each essay and a useful new appendix of additional. The Complexity of Cooperation is a sequel to that landmark book

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Robert Axelrod is widely known for his groundbreaking work in game theory and complexity theory. He is a leader in applying computer modeling to social science problems. His book The Evolution of Cooperation has been hailed as a seminal contribution and has been translated into eight languages since its initial publication. The Complexity of Cooperation is a sequel to that landmark book. It collects seven essays, originally published in a broad range of journals, and adds an extensive new introduction to the collection, along with new prefaces to each essay and a useful new appendix of additional resources. Written in Axelrod's acclaimed, accessible style, this collection serves as an introductory text on complexity theory and computer modeling in the social sciences and as an overview of the current state of the art in the field.

The articles move beyond the basic paradigm of the Prisoner's Dilemma to study a rich set of issues, including how to cope with errors in perception or implementation, how norms emerge, and how new political actors and regions of shared culture can develop. They use the shared methodology of agent-based modeling, a powerful technique that specifies the rules of interaction between individuals and uses computer simulation to discover emergent properties of the social system. The Complexity of Cooperation is essential reading for all social scientists who are interested in issues of cooperation and complexity.

Comments: (7)
Gietadia
Hoping it would be as good as Evolution of Cooperation....and it delivered. Axelrod, in my opinion, is very underrated.
Ieregr
Don't let the math aspect of the book scars you. It's a philosophical analysis of the basics of life, some conclusions are deeper than many of us could guess. Worth every minute you engage your intelligence in it, if you dare.
Asyasya
Axlerod's first book elucidated the "prisoner's dilemma" and why cooperation might be in our best interest. This book, an excellent follow on, does two things exceptionally well. First, it outlines a theory by which one can frame and think about the considerations agents take into account when cooperating and collaborating. From this point, it instantiates those theories with well thought examples of the theory. The second aspect that is remarkably useful for many, is the breadth of the examples. For example, Axlerod describes models that simulate emerging alliances among nations in World War II, as well as patterns in the dissemination of culture and norms. Axlerod's writing style is easy to follow and, in a field where complexity is typically described with long equations in set theory and logic, he avoids the proof through advanced math and provides access to these issues especially approriate for the novice. If one searches the internet you can find Axlerod's website, where the actual code and brief documentation is available for download, for both teaching and personal learning. Of course there are also two major weaknesses in the book. Because of this diversity of topics there is no developmental thread running through the book and the resource appendix is abysmal, but overall you can't do better for this topic.
Era
This books covers what Robert Axelrod been up to since "The Evolution of Cooperation." Extensions to the original "Prisoner's Dilemma" have required new agent behaviors for stable solutions.
"Coping with Noise" deals with agents that make mistakes in their defections and cooperation.
"Promoting Norms" covers the fact that pure self-interest isn't a stable strategy and to promote stability requires norms - common behaviors among agents. The most interesting result from his work is NOT that agents should punish defectors - that is intuitive - but agents who DON'T punish defectors (of norms) must be "persuaded" to punish defectors to keep the norm stable. I guess we all need both the carrot and stick!
"Choosing Sides" covers landscape theory - the creation of population aggregates because similar agents tend to clump together.
There are other interesting sections and I like this book. I would normally give a five to this book; however, this is also a thin book. If there were more coverage of the material and a more in depth discussion of other peoples work, I would have given it a five.
Mamuro
Very informative. Not excessively technical for the lay person with some experience. Very encouraging to see this area being pursued.
Kit
I WANT TO SEE THE TABLE CONTENTS OF AMAZON BOOKS!!!
Zulkishicage
As expected. Thanks.
Had some nice examples and programming problems that were a good step into practical use of Agent-Based Modeling. This is much more for practical use than theoretical, since it is an expansion on Axelrod's previous book 'The Evolution of Cooperation'.