asymmetric contest

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An aspect of evolutionary strategy in which the two participants in a contest do not have the same choice of strategies, or prospective payoffs. In contests between male and female, old and young, or the owner of a resource and a non-owner, an asymmetry may be perceived beforehand by the contestants, and will usually influence the choice of action. Such situations are usually analysed in terms of game theory.

Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences.

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