Enhanced winnings in a mixed-ability population playing a minority game

Neil F Johnson, P. M. Hui, Dafang Zheng, M. Hart

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We study a mixed population of adaptive agents with small and large memories, competing in a minority game. If the agents are sufficiently adaptive, we find that the average winnings per agent can exceed that obtainable in the corresponding pure populations. In contrast to the pure population, the average success rate of the large-memory agents can be greater than 50%. The present results are not reproduced if the agents are fed a random history, thereby demonstrating the importance of memory in this system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Physics A: Mathematical and General
Issue number38
StatePublished - Sep 24 1999
Externally publishedYes


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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Mathematical Physics

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