These past few weeks I’ve been doing some reading on the Prisoner’s Dilemma. It is an interesting scenario used in game theory, especially its iterated version, on which there is a very interesting book as well, if someone is interested in an introduction to game theory. This reading is done partly because of an assignment, and partly because I think the iterated version of it might apply to certain urban phenomena (post to follow, as soon as I manage to wrap my head around the concept). However, yesterday I reached the point where I thought that I might have slightly overdone it with the reading. Continue reading
The first term of my studies at CASA is coming to an end, and I have to say that only now I am starting to fully enjoy the time spent studying here. The reason for this late appreciation is that only now I have managed to finally put to use the skills acquired during the first term. And what I mean by ‘put to use’ is on something that is not a course assignment, and is more a personal project. The result is a map of music venues located in and around central London.
What follows is an excerpt from a short essay I wrote. I think it encompasses the purpose of this blog really well. It constitutes a proposal for adapting the concept of evolutionarily stable strategies (ESS), from evolutionary biology to urban systems. For a quick reference on what an ESS is, refer to the wikipedia article. Continue reading