Oyun: A New, Free Program for Iterated Prisoner’s Dilemma Tournaments in the Classroom

Evolution Education and Outreach 5 (3):467-476 (2012)
Authors
Charles H. Pence
Université Catholique de Louvain
Lara Buchak
University of California, Berkeley
Abstract
Evolutionary applications of game theory present one of the most pedagogically accessible varieties of genuine, contemporary theoretical biology. We present here Oyun (OY-oon, http://charlespence.net/oyun), a program designed to run iterated prisoner’s dilemma tournaments, competitions between prisoner’s dilemma strategies developed by the students themselves. Using this software, students are able to readily design and tweak their own strategies, and to see how they fare both in round-robin tournaments and in “evolutionary” tournaments, where the scores in a given “generation” directly determine contribution to the population in the next generation. Oyun is freely available, runs on Windows, Mac, and Linux computers, and the process of creating new prisoner’s dilemma strategies is both easy to teach and easy for students to grasp. We illustrate with two interesting examples taken from actual use of Oyun in the classroom.
Keywords game theory  prisoner's dilemma  altruism  natural selection
Categories (categorize this paper)
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Modelling Reciprocal Altruism.Christopher Stephens - 1996 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 47 (4):533-551.
The Altruists' Dilemma.Colin Grant - 2004 - Business Ethics Quarterly 14 (2):315-328.
Evolution, Altruism, and the Prisoner's Dilemma.Ishtiyaque Haji - 1992 - Biology and Philosophy 7 (2):161-175.
The Inapplicability of Evolutionarily Stable Strategy to the Prisoner's Dilemma.Louis Marinoff - 1990 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 41 (4):461-472.
Artificial Morality and Artificial Law.Lothar Philipps - 1993 - Artificial Intelligence and Law 2 (1):51-63.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2012-07-20

Total downloads
278 ( #16,257 of 2,293,654 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
26 ( #16,400 of 2,293,654 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Monthly downloads

My notes

Sign in to use this feature