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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7551/978-0-262-32621-6-ch056
Pages 352-359
First published 30 July 2014

An informational study of the evolution of codes in different population structures

Andrés C. Burgos and Daniel Polani

Abstract (Excerpt)

We consider the problem of the evolution of a code within a structured population of agents. The agents try to maximise their information about their environment by acquiring information from the outputs of other agents in the population. A naive use of information-theoretic methods would assume that every agent knows how to "interpret" the information offered by other agents. However, this assumes that one "knows" which other agents one observes, and thus which code they use. In our model, however, we wish to preclude that: it is not clear which other agents an agent is observing, and the resulting usable information is therefore influenced by the universality of the code used and by which agents an agent is "listening" to.