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Chinese Science Bulletin

, Volume 58, Issue 28–29, pp 3491–3498

First Online: 12 October 2013Received: 22 March 2013Accepted: 21 May 2013DOI: 10.1007-s11434-013-5984-y

Cite this article as: Tan, S., Lü, J., Yu, X. et al. Chin. Sci. Bull. 2013 58: 3491. doi:10.1007-s11434-013-5984-y


Cooperative behaviors are ubiquitous in nature and human society. It is very important to understand the internal mechanism of emergence and maintenance of cooperation. As we know now, the offsprings inherit not only the phenotype but also the neighborhood relationship of their parents. Some recent research results show that the interactions among individuals facilitate survival of cooperation through network reciprocity of clustering cooperators. This paper aims at introducing an inheritance mechanism of neighborhood relationship to explore the evolution of cooperation. In detail, a mathematical model is proposed to characterize the evolutionary process with the above inheritance mechanism. Theoretical analysis and numerical simulations indicate that high-level cooperation can emerge and be maintained for a wide variety of cost-to-benefit ratios, even if mutation happens during the evolving process.

Keywordscomplex networks cooperation evolutionary dynamics population structure coevolution This article is published with open access at Springerlink.com

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Author: ShaoLin Tan - JinHu Lü - XingHuo Yu - David John Hill

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