Using the Game Theory Tutorials


These tutorials in evolutionary game theory cover symmetric and asymmetric games, stable equilibria, probability in payoffs, and relatedness. Start with Conflict I (symmetric games), which refers to the tutorials on probability and stable strategies. Continue with Conflict II to extend the analysis to asymmetric games. The Cooperation tutorial (symmetric games) could follow either Conflict I or Conflict II. Most tutorials include simulations that show how games evolve over time. The simulator can run inside the web browser or you may download a stand-alone version.

Tutorials on Parental Care (asymmetric game) and Foraging are under construction and not yet available. The Cooperation tutorial does not yet have video clips illustrating the relevant behaviors, but has all the basic information needed to understand the concepts.

The tutorials have practice questions along the way, with answers provided. Most tutorials have several sections. At the end of each section, you are prompted to click a link that reveals the next section. If you leave the page and come back to it, your progress is saved unless you un-check the Save Progress box at the left.

This web site tracks the time spent on each section and records your answers to the practice questions. Analysis of this data may pinpoint areas of difficulty and areas where the tutorials could be improved. This information is saved anonymously on our server; no personal information is collected by this site.

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This project was funded by National Science Foundation award 0716592 to Robert Wyttenbach, H. Kern Reeve, and Ronald Hoy. We thank the students and teaching assistants of BioNB 2210 for their feedback. Special thanks to Charlie Walcott for providing video used in the Conflict tutorial.