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On the evolution of coarse categories

Mengel, F (2012) 'On the evolution of coarse categories.' Journal of Theoretical Biology, 307. 117 - 124. ISSN 0022-5193

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Abstract

We compare the evolutionary fitness of different cultures (or populations), where we think of culture as partitioning a set of decision situations into categories of situations treated the same. Information about optimal behavior in each category is passed on via a process of noisy cultural transmission. We show that coarse partitions (distinguishing less situations) can provide higher evolutionary fitness even if there are no explicit costs to holding finer partitions. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Q Science > Q Science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics, Department of
Depositing User: Friederike Mengel
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2015 13:05
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2017 17:41
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/12375

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