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An open framework for the reproducible study of the iterated prisoner's dilemma

Knight, Vincent Anthony, Campbell, Owen, Harper, Marc, Langner, Karol M., Campbell, James, Campbell, Thomas, Carney, Alex, Chorley, Martin, Davidson-Pilon, Cameron, Glass, Kristian, Glynatsi, Nikoleta, Ehrlich, Tomás, Jones, Martin, Koutsovoulos, Georgios, Tibble, Holly, Muller, Jochen, Palmer, Geraint, Petunov, Piotr, Slavin, Paul, Standen, Timothy, Visintini, Luis and Molden, Karl 2016. An open framework for the reproducible study of the iterated prisoner's dilemma. Journal of Open Research Software 4 (1) , e35. 10.5334/jors.125

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Abstract

The Axelrod library is an open source Python package that allows for reproducible game theoretic research into the Iterated Prisoner’s Dilemma. This area of research began in the 1980s but suffers from a lack of documentation and test code. The goal of the library is to provide such a resource, with facilities for the design of new strategies and interactions between them, as well as conducting tournaments and ecological simulations for populations of strategies. With a growing collection of 139 strategies, the library is a also a platform for an original tournament that, in itself, is of interest to the game theoretic community. This paper describes the Iterated Prisoner’s Dilemma, the Axelrod library and its development, and insights gained from some novel research.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Advanced Research Computing @ Cardiff (ARCCA)
Computer Science & Informatics
Mathematics
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics
Uncontrolled Keywords: Game Theory, Prisoners Dilemma, Python
Publisher: Ubiquity Press
ISSN: 2049-9647
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 14 April 2017
Date of Acceptance: 1 July 2016
Last Modified: 09 May 2019 14:24
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/99883

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