evolutionarily stable strategy

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Coined by British biologist John Maynard Smith in 1972 in his paper Game Theory and The Evolution of Fighting.


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evolutionarily stable strategy (plural evolutionarily stable strategies)

  1. (evolutionary theory) A strategy that, when adopted by a population, is effective and unlikely to be replaced by another strategy.
    • 1976, Richard Dawkins, The Selfish Gene
      To be an evolutionarily stable strategy, remember, a strategy must not be invadable, when it is common, by a rare mutant strategy.
    • 1976, Richard Dawkins, The Selfish Gene
      An evolutionarily stable strategy is a strategy that does well against copies of itself.
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