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Open Access item Noisy continuous-opinion dynamics

Authors:Pineda, Miguel
Toral, Raúl
Hernández-García, Emilio
Keywords:Collective phenomena in economic and social systems: Interacting agent models, Non-equilibrium processes: Stochastic particle dynamics (Theory), Physics and Society, Statistical Mechanics, Cellular Automata and Lattice Gases
Issue Date:2-Jun-2009
Citation:arXiv:0906.0441v1 [physics.soc-ph]
Abstract:We study the Deffuant et al. model for continuous-opinion dynamics under the influence of noise. In the original version of this model, individuals meet in random pairwise encounters after which they compromise or not depending of a confidence parameter. Free will is introduced in the form of noisy perturbations: individuals are given the opportunity to change their opinion, with a given probability, to a randomly selected opinion inside the whole opinion space. We derive the master equation of this process. One of the main effects of noise is to induce an order-disorder transition. In the disordered state the opinion distribution tends to be uniform, while for the ordered state a set of well defined opinion groups are formed, although with some opinion spread inside them. Using a linear stability analysis we can derive approximate conditions for the transition between opinion groups and the disordered state. The master equation analysis is compared with direct Monte-Carlo simulations. We find that the master equation and the Monte-Carlo simulations do not always agree due to finite-size induced fluctuations that we analyze in some detail.
Description:18 pages, 7 figures, 1 appendix.-- Published in Journal of statistical mechanics (8): P08001 (2009).-- http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/1742-5468/2009/08/P08001
Publisher version (URL):http://arxiv.org/abs/0906.0441
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/10261/14868
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