InterJournal Complex Systems, 988
Status: Accepted
Manuscript Number: [988]
Submission Date: 2004
Mathematical Models for Explaining the Emergence of Specialization in Performing Tasks
Author(s): Daniel Solow ,Joe Szmerekovsky

Subject(s): CX.3

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In an evolving community consisting of many individuals, it is often the case that the individuals tend, over time, to become more specialized in performing the tasks necessary for survival and growth of a community. This work presents a collection of linear and nonlinear models that provide insights as to when and why this "functional specialization" emerges in general, rather than specific, settings. The results from these models, which are based on an evolutionary approach, apply to communities in which individuals allocate their time in the best interest of the community as a whole.

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