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Evolutionary Explanations of Simple Communication: Signalling Games & Their Models

LaCroix, Travis (2019) Evolutionary Explanations of Simple Communication: Signalling Games & Their Models. [Preprint]

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Abstract

This paper applies the theoretical criteria laid out by D’Arms et al. (1998) to various aspects of evolutionary models of signalling. The question that D’Arms et al. seek to answer can be formulated as follows: Are the models that we use to explain the phenomena in question conceptually adequate? The conceptual adequacy question relates the formal aspects of the model to those aspects of the natural world that the model is supposed to capture. Moreover, this paper extends the analysis of D’Arms et al. by asking the following additional question: Are the models that we use sufficient to explain the phenomena in question? The sufficiency question asks what formal resources are minimally required for the model to get the right results most of the time.


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Item Type: Preprint
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LaCroix, Travis0000-0002-1724-3434
Keywords: Signalling games; Evolutionary game theory; Evolutionary models; Robustness; Modelling
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
General Issues > Computer Simulation
General Issues > Game Theory
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Depositing User: Dr. Travis LaCroix
Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2019 03:10
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2019 03:10
Item ID: 16604
Official URL: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10838-01...
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10838-019-09481-7
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
General Issues > Computer Simulation
General Issues > Game Theory
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Date: 31 October 2019
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/16604

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