Artificial Intelligence Review

, Volume 27, Issue 4, pp 245–256 | Cite as

The evolution of donators in a common-pool resource problem

  • Dara Curran
  • Colm O’Riordan
  • Humphrey Sorensen


Issues regarding foraging in groups have been addressed and researched in a range of domains. Questions arise regarding the benefits to the group as a whole and the cost placed upon individual group members. In this paper, we model the foraging problem as a common resource pool problem and evolve populations in a range of scenarios. In these simulations, agents (group members) forage for food, may contribute to a common pool resource and may benefit from this group resource. We present and discuss results illustrating the scenarios under which agents evolve to behave for the common good of the group and its effect on the survival and the fitness of the population.


Evolutionary computation Cooperation Foraging Common pool resource problems Artificial life 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dara Curran
    • 1
  • Colm O’Riordan
    • 2
  • Humphrey Sorensen
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity College CorkCorkIreland
  2. 2.Department of Information TechnologyNational University of IrelandGalwayIreland

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