Journal article

Promotion of cooperation in social dilemma games via generalised indirect reciprocity

Raymond Chiong, Michael Kirley

Connection Science | TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2015


This paper presents a novel generalised indirect reciprocity approach for promoting cooperation in social dilemma games. Here, players decide upon an action to play in the game based on public information (or “external cues”) rather than individual-specific information. The public information is constantly updated according to the underlying learning model. Comprehensive simulation experiments using the N-player Prisoner's Dilemma (PD) and Snowdrift (SD) games show that generalised indirect reciprocity promotes high levels of cooperation across a wide range of conditions. This is despite the fact that the make-up of player groups is continually changing. As expected, the extent of cooperativ..

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