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Hello,

i was trained as a biologist, but have taught myself mathematics to a level that is roughly equivalent to that of a masters degree in math. I decided to try do some phd-research in evolutionary game theory, but i am not sure where to look for open problems. There is a professor of applied mathematics who is willing to accept me as a interdisciplinary phd-student, iff i can present a descent problem and a realistic plan for my research.

So, do you happen to know about some nice problem in the mentioned field ? Or maybe a review paper, that could lead me to formulating such a question myself ?

Thank you :-)

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"Could you give a problem for my dissertation" does not seem very appropriate to me. –  Angelo Mar 1 '12 at 10:53
    
First, I have to agree with Angelo that this is a bit of an unusual request. But, second, what do you know already? Say, did you have a look at the books mentioned on the relevant wikipedia page en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evolutionary_game_theory in particular those for 'the Mathematically Adept' and perhaps in addition had a look what else the authors wrote. Say, on Sigmund's page one can see he recently edited some proceedings on the subject and so on. To be sure, I do not have any clue about this subject, but I imagine at least a bit more info from your side would be helpful. –  quid Mar 1 '12 at 16:26
    
I did a masters thesis in theoretical ecology on spatial predator-prey systems. I have since then studied evolutionary game theory for quite a while. The book i have been working with most, is "Evolutionary games and population dynamics" by Hofbauer/Sigmund. I am still trying to solve of the harder exercises in this book. Going from there, i have read a lot of papers and reviews by Martin Nowak, Karl Sigmund, Arne Traulsen and others. Unfortunately my math skills are not yet sufficient, to identify a good problem for my dissertation. Any sort of help is welcome. –  readingframe Mar 2 '12 at 19:34
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This question appears to be off-topic because it is asking other people to propose ideas for a PhD topic –  Yemon Choi Dec 5 at 4:04

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