David P. Kraines

David P. Kraines
  • Associate Professor Emeritus of Mathematics
External address: 233 Physics Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: Box 90320, Durham, NC 27708-0320
Phone: (919) 660-2849

Research Areas and Keywords

Biological Modeling
Prisoner's dilemma, sequestering CO2
cohomology operations

Dr. Kraines contributed to the theory of homology and cohomology operations, particularly to Massey products and loop operations. Among the applications of his work has been his construction of the counterexample to the transfer conjecture of Quillen. He has also studied the variational bicomplex of Vinogradov and introduced the cohomology of quantum electrodynamics. Dr. Kraines has applied game theoretical techniques to study the evolution of cooperation. With Dr. Vivian Kraines, he introduced a stochastic learning approach, dubbed the Pavlov strategy, for the iterated Prisoner's Dilemma. They show that, in a noisy environment, agents using the Pavlov strategy may achieve a higher level of cooperation than those using Tit for Tat type strategies. Using computer simulations, dynamic systems and Markov chains, they extend their analysis to the evolution of the rate of learning in a society of Pavlov type agents. Recently, they have explored the natural selection of stochastic strategies in the simultaneous and the alternating Prisoner's Dilemma and identified several evolutionarily stable strategies.

Education & Training
  • Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley 1965

  • M.A., University of California at Berkeley 1963

  • B.A., Oberlin College 1961

Drachman, B, and Kraines, D. "A duality between transpotence elements and Massey products." Pacific Journal of Mathematics 39.1 (October 1, 1971): 119-123. Full Text

Kraines, D. "Rational cohomology operations and Massey products." Proceedings of the American Mathematical Society 22.1 (January 1, 1969): 238-238. Full Text

Kraines, D. "Primitive chains and H∗(ΩX)." Topology 8.1 (January 1969): 31-38. Full Text

Kraines, D. "Primitive chains and H*(ΩX)." Topology 8.1 (1969): 31-38.

Kraines, D. "Massey higher products." Transactions of the American Mathematical Society 124.3 (March 1, 1966): 431-431. Full Text

Kraines, D. "Higher products." Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society 72.1 (January 1, 1966): 128-132. Full Text


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