Re:virus: Virus, Economics and Evolution

David McFadzean (
Fri, 05 May 1995 10:16:40 -0600

At 09:48 AM 5/5/95 -0600, Duane Daniel Hewitt wrote:
>So how good are the cutting edge models? How are they being refined? Are
>there any Web sites that let you play with these type of models? Hmmm....?

The ones I have seen (a few papers presented at ALife 4 and the one I
am helping on, "A Trade Coalition Game with Preferential Partner Selection")
are multi-player prisoner dilemma simulations with economic interpretations.
I think so far the simulated markets have been very thin (<50 players) so
the applicability is restricted. But for real life thin markets (i.e.
diamond wholesales) it is probably quite realistic because the players
are not assumed to be perfectly rational or have perfect information.

David McFadzean       
Memetic Engineer      
Merak Projects Ltd.