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Coordination, Differentiation and Fairness in a Population of Cooperating Agents

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Author(s): Anne-Ly Do | Lars Rudolf | Thilo Gross

Journal: Games
ISSN 2073-4336

Volume: 3;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 30;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: self-organization | coordination | snowdrift game | adaptive network

ABSTRACT
In a recent paper, we analyzed the self-assembly of a complex cooperation network. The network was shown to approach a state where every agent invests the same amount of resources. Nevertheless, highly-connected agents arise that extract extraordinarily high payoffs while contributing comparably little to any of their cooperations. Here, we investigate a variant of the model, in which highly-connected agents have access to additional resources. We study analytically and numerically whether these resources are invested in existing collaborations, leading to a fairer load distribution, or in establishing new collaborations, leading to an even less fair distribution of loads and payoffs.
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