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A study of the dynamic of influence through differential equations

  • Emmanuel Maruani

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    (Nomura International - Nomura International)

  • Michel Grabisch

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    (CES - Centre d'économie de la Sorbonne - CNRS : UMR8174 - Université Paris I - Panthéon-Sorbonne)

  • Agnieszka Rusinowska

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    (CES - Centre d'économie de la Sorbonne - CNRS : UMR8174 - Université Paris I - Panthéon-Sorbonne)

The paper concerns a model of influence in which agents make their decisions on a certain issue. It is assumed that each agent is inclined to make a particular decision, but due to a possible influence of the others, his final decision may be different from his initial inclination. Since in reality the influence does not necessarily stop after one step, but may iterate, we present a model which allows us to study the dynamic of influence. The use of continuous variable permits the application of differential equations systems to the analysis of the convergence of agents' decisions in long-time. In particular, by applying the approach based on differential equations of the influence model, we recover the results of the discrete model on classical influence functions and the results on the boss and approval sets for the command games equivalent to some influence functions.

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  1. Michel Grabisch & Agnieszka Rusinowska, 2010. "A model of influence in a social network," Université Paris1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Post-Print and Working Papers) halshs-00308741, HAL.
  2. Michel Grabisch & Agnieszka Rusinowska, 2008. "Influence functions, followers and command games," Working Papers 0831, Groupe d'Analyse et de Théorie Economique (GATE), Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS), Université Lyon 2, Ecole Normale Supérieure.
  3. Michel Grabisch & Agnieszka Rusinowska, 2008. "Measuring influence in command games," Université Paris1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Post-Print and Working Papers) halshs-00344805, HAL.
  4. Agnieszka Rusinowska & Michel Grabisch, 2010. "A model of influence with an ordered set of possible actions," Université Paris1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Post-Print and Working Papers) hal-00519413, HAL.
  5. Lorenz, Jan, 2005. "A stabilization theorem for dynamics of continuous opinions," Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, Elsevier, vol. 355(1), pages 217-223.
  6. Peter M. DeMarzo & Dimitri Vayanos & Jeffrey Zwiebel, 2003. "Persuasion bias, social influence, and uni-dimensional opinions," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 454, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
  7. Michel Grabisch & Agnieszka Rusinowska, 2010. "Different Approaches to Influence Based on Social Networks and Simple Games," Université Paris1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Post-Print and Working Papers) hal-00514850, HAL.
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