Anatol Rappoport: More Than a Footnote in Axelrod

By Robert Link, published at 1 July 2008 - 10:28pm, last updated 9 years 7 weeks ago.

In conversation elsewhere I've had cause to discuss the writings of game theorist and mathematical psychologist (and peace activist) Anatol Rappoport. This, in turn, set me surfing. I was agog to read on one page that Rappoport was, allegedly, "most famous" for submitting the Tit-for-Tat strategy in Axelrod's Iterated Prisoners Dilemma tournament. However, Rappoport's work significantly pre-dates Axelrod and arguably prefiures it.

The Wikipedia article on Rappoport is a good place to start if you aren't already familiar with his work. I have copied a selection from the wikipedia article as a stub for an "Authors" entry here at CoCo.