Promiscuous Inventions: Modeling Cultural Evolution with Multiple Inheritance

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Cultural phylogeny reconstruction typically assumes vertical information transfer and tree-like branching for methodological reasons. A new formal model is introduced to infer patterns of cultural inheritance that incorporates which and how many “parents” contribute to each offspring and applies to a wide range of cultural phenomena (e.g., technology, organizations, and art forms).

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