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Dynamics of Conflicting Beliefs in Social Networks

Chen, Shuwei, Glass, DH and McCartney, M (2015) Dynamics of Conflicting Beliefs in Social Networks. In: Complex Networks VI. Studies in Computational Intelligence. Springer International Publishing, pp. 171-178. ISBN 978-3-319-16111-2 [Book section]

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DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-16112-9_17


This paper analyzes two proposed models for simulating opinion dynamics in social networks where beliefs might be considered to be competing. In both models agents have a degree of tolerance, which represents the extent to which the agent takes into account the differing beliefs of other agents, and a degree of conflict, which represents the extent to which two beliefs are considered to be competing. In this paper, we apply different tolerance and conflict degrees to different groups in a network, and see how these groups affect each other. Simulations show that the groups having different tolerance degrees do not have significant effect upon each other in both Models I and II. On the other hand, the group perceiving a conflict causes more diversity in the agents based on Model I, but introduces a higher consensus level among agents when the fraction becomes larger in Model II.

Item Type:Book section
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Computing & Engineering
Faculty of Computing & Engineering > School of Computing and Mathematics
Research Institutes and Groups:Computer Science Research Institute
Computer Science Research Institute > Artificial Intelligence and Applications
ID Code:31216
Deposited By: Dr David Glass
Deposited On:13 Apr 2015 13:17
Last Modified:17 Oct 2017 16:17

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