Cellular cooperation with shift updating and repulsion Journal Article

Author(s): Pavlogiannis, Andreas; Chatterjee, Krishnendu; Adlam, Ben; Nowak, Martin A
Article Title: Cellular cooperation with shift updating and repulsion
Affiliation IST Austria
Abstract: Population structure can facilitate evolution of cooperation. In a structured population, cooperators can form clusters which resist exploitation by defectors. Recently, it was observed that a shift update rule is an extremely strong amplifier of cooperation in a one dimensional spatial model. For the shift update rule, an individual is chosen for reproduction proportional to fecundity; the offspring is placed next to the parent; a random individual dies. Subsequently, the population is rearranged (shifted) until all individual cells are again evenly spaced out. For large population size and a one dimensional population structure, the shift update rule favors cooperation for any benefit-to-cost ratio greater than one. But every attempt to generalize shift updating to higher dimensions while maintaining its strong effect has failed. The reason is that in two dimensions the clusters are fragmented by the movements caused by rearranging the cells. Here we introduce the natural phenomenon of a repulsive force between cells of different types. After a birth and death event, the cells are being rearranged minimizing the overall energy expenditure. If the repulsive force is sufficiently high, shift becomes a strong promoter of cooperation in two dimensions.
Journal Title: Scientific Reports
Volume: 5
Issue 17147
ISSN: 20452322
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group  
Date Published: 2015-11-25
Start Page: Article number: 17147
Copyright Statement: CC BY 4.0
DOI: 10.1038/srep17147
Notes: The research was supported by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) Grant No P23499-N23, FWF NFN Grant No S11407-N23 (RiSE/SHiNE), ERC Start grant (279307: Graph Games), and Microsoft Faculty Fellows award. Support from the John Templeton foundation is gratefully acknowledged.
Open access: yes (OA journal)