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Meme and Variations: A Computational Model of Cultural Evolution

Gabora, L. (1995) Meme and Variations: A Computational Model of Cultural Evolution. [Book Chapter]

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Abstract

This paper describes a computational model of how ideas, or memes, evolve through the processes of variation, selection, and replication. Every iteration, each neural-network based agent in an artificial society has the opportunity to acquire a new meme, either through 1) INNOVATION, by mutating a previously-learned meme, or 2) IMITATION, by copying a meme performed by a neighbor. Imitation, mental simulation, and using past experience to bias mutation all increase the rate at which fitter memes evolve. Memes at epistatic loci converged more slowly than memes at over- or underdominant loci. The higher the ratio of innovation to imitation, the greater the meme diversity, and the higher the fitness of the fittest meme. Optimization is fastest for the society as a whole with an innovation to imitation ratio of 2:1, but diversity is comprimized.

Item Type:Book Chapter
Keywords:adaptation, artificial society, computational anthropology, creativity, culture, cultural evolution, cultural learning, diversity, drift, drives, epistasis, embodiment, evolution, fitness, imitation, innovation, Lamark, meme, memetic algorithm, memetic evolution, memory, mental simulation, mutation, neural network, optimization, overdominance, replication, selection, social learning, transmission, underdominance.
Subjects:Biology > Evolution
Biology > Population Biology
Biology > Theoretical Biology
Psychology > Cognitive Psychology
Computer Science > Artificial Intelligence
Computer Science > Complexity Theory
Computer Science > Dynamical Systems
Computer Science > Machine Learning
Computer Science > Neural Nets
Psychology > Evolutionary Psychology
Philosophy > Epistemology
Psychology > Social Psychology
ID Code:531
Deposited By:Gabora, Dr. Liane
Deposited On:22 Jan 1999
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:54

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