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Peer-to-peer and mass communication effect on opinion shifts

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  • Kindler, A.
  • Solomon, S.
  • Stauffer, D.

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Opinion dynamics is studied through a minimal Ising model with three main influences (fields): personal conservatism (power-law distributed), inter-personal and group pressure, and a global field incorporating peer-to-peer and mass communications, which is generated bottom-up from the faction supporting the new opinion. A rich phase diagram appears separating possible terminal stages of the opinion diffusion, characterizing failure phases by the features of the individuals who had changed their opinion. An exhaustive solution of the model is produced, allowing predictions to be made on the opinion’s assimilation in the society.

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  • Kindler, A. & Solomon, S. & Stauffer, D., 2013. "Peer-to-peer and mass communication effect on opinion shifts," Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, Elsevier, vol. 392(4), pages 785-796.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:phsmap:v:392:y:2013:i:4:p:785-796
    DOI: 10.1016/j.physa.2012.10.038
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