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The disadvantage of combinatorial communication

Show simple item record Lachmann, Michael en_US Bergstrom, Carl T. en_US 2005-09-18T06:07:19Z en_US 2007-06-13T19:58:34Z 2005-09-18T06:07:19Z en_US 2007-06-13T19:58:34Z 2004 en_US
dc.identifier.citation M. Lachmann and C. T. Bergstrom (2004) Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B. 271: 2337-2343 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0962-8452 en_US
dc.identifier.uri en_US
dc.description.abstract Combinatorial communication allows rapid and efficient transfer of detailed information, yet combinatorial communication is used by few, if any, non-human species. To complement recent studies illustrating the advantages of combinatorial communication, we highlight a critical disadvantage. We use the concept of information value to show that deception poses a greater and qualitatively different threat to combinatorial signalling than to non-combinatorial systems. This additional potential for deception may represent a strategic barrier that has prevented widespread evolution of combinatorial communication. Our approach has the additional benefit of drawing clear distinctions among several types of deception that can occur in communication systems. en_US
dc.format.extent 145155 bytes en_US
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher The Royal Society of London en_US
dc.subject deception en_US
dc.subject value of information en_US
dc.subject game theory en_US
dc.subject signalling en_US
dc.subject combinatorial syntax en_US
dc.subject evolution en_US
dc.title The disadvantage of combinatorial communication en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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