Self-Assembling Networks

Jeffrey Barrett
University of California, Irvine
Aydin Mohseni
University of California, Irvine
Brian Skyrms
University of California, Irvine
We consider how an epistemic network might self-assemble from the ritualization of the individual decisions of simple heterogeneous agents. In such evolved social networks, inquirers may be significantly more successful than they could be investigating nature on their own. The evolved network may also dramatically lower the epistemic risk faced by even the most talented inquirers. We consider networks that self-assemble in the context of both perfect and imperfect communication and compare the behaviour of inquirers in each. This provides a step in bringing together two new and developing research programs, the theory of self-assembling games and the theory of network epistemology.
Keywords self-assembling networks  self-assembling games  game theory  reinforcement learning  urn learning  signaling games  social epistemology
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DOI 10.1093/bjps/axx039
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