Opinion dynamics in a group-based society
LISC-Cemagref - 24 Avenue de Landais, Clermont Ferrand, France, EU
Accepted: 23 August 2010
Many models have been proposed to analyze the evolution of opinion structure due to the interaction of individuals in their social environment. Such models analyze the spreading of ideas both in completely interacting backgrounds and on social networks, where each person has a finite set of interlocutors. In this paper we analyze the reciprocal feedback between the opinions of the individuals and the structure of the interpersonal relationships at the level of community structures. For this purpose we define a group-based random network and we study how this structure co-evolves with opinion dynamics processes. We observe that the adaptive network structure affects the opinion dynamics process helping the consensus formation. The results also show interesting behaviors in regards to the size distribution of the groups and their correlation with opinion structure.
PACS: 89.65.-s – Social and economic systems / 89.75.Fb – Structures and organization in complex systems
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