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Opinion polarization in the Receipt–Accept–Sample model


  • Kułakowski, Krzysztof


The Zaller theory of opinion formation is reformulated with one free parameter μ, which measures the largest possible ideological distance which can be made by a citizen in one mental step. Our numerical results show the transient effects: (i) the political awareness, measured by the number of received messages, increases with time first exponentially, later linearly; (ii) for small μ correlations are present between previously and newly received messages; (iii) these correlation lead to a hyperdiffusion effect in the space of attitudes of messages. Citizens with small μ are more prone to extremal opinions.

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  • Kułakowski, Krzysztof, 2009. "Opinion polarization in the Receipt–Accept–Sample model," Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, Elsevier, vol. 388(4), pages 469-476.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:phsmap:v:388:y:2009:i:4:p:469-476
    DOI: 10.1016/j.physa.2008.10.037

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    1. Deng, Lei & Liu, Yun & Xiong, Fei, 2013. "An opinion diffusion model with clustered early adopters," Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, Elsevier, vol. 392(17), pages 3546-3554.


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