Anatol Rappoport: More Than a Footnote in Axelrod

By Robert Link, published at 1 July 2008 - 10:28pm, last updated 8 years 38 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.