Bulletin of Mathematical Biology

, Volume 68, Issue 8, pp 1923–1944

Fixation of Strategies for an Evolutionary Game in Finite Populations

Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s11538-006-9061-4

Cite this article as:
Antal, T. & Scheuring, I. Bull. Math. Biol. (2006) 68: 1923. doi:10.1007/s11538-006-9061-4


A stochastic evolutionary dynamics of two strategies given by 2× 2 matrix games is studied in finite populations. We focus on stochastic properties of fixation: how a strategy represented by a single individual wins over the entire population. The process is discussed in the framework of a random walk with site dependent hopping rates. The time of fixation is found to be identical for both strategies in any particular game. The asymptotic behavior of the fixation time and fixation probabilities in the large population size limit is also discussed. We show that fixation is fast when there is at least one pure evolutionary stable strategy (ESS) in the infinite population size limit, while fixation is slow when the ESS is the coexistence of the two strategies.


Moran process stochastic dynamics fixation time random walk evolutionary game 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Polymer Studies and Department of PhysicsBoston UniversityBostonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Plant Taxonomy and Ecology, Research Group of Ecology and Theoretical BiologyEötvös University and HAS, Pázmány P. sétány 1/cBudapestHungary