Chalmers Conferences, 9th European Conference on Mathematical and Theoretical Biology

A dynamic network population model with strategic link formation governed by individual preferences
Mark Broom

Last modified: 2014-04-01


Historically most evolutionary models have considered infinite populations with no structure. Recently more realistic evolutionary models have been developed using evolutionary graph theory, which considered the evolution of structured populations. The structures involved in these populations are typically fixed, however, and real populations change their structure over both long and short time periods. In this talk we consider the dynamics of such a population structure. The timescales involved are sufficiently short that no individuals are born or die, but the links between individuals are in a constant state of flux, being actively governed by the preferences of the members of the population. The process is modelled using a Markov chain over the possible structures. We find that under the specified process the population evolves to a closed class of structures, and we show a method to find the stationary distribution on this class. We also consider some special cases of interest. This is joint work with Chris Cannings from the University of Sheffield.


evolutionary dynamics; evolutionary graph theory; Markov processes