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Mapping the q-voter model: From a single chain to complex networks

Arkadiusz Jȩdrzejewski, Katarzyna Sznajd-Weron and Janusz Szwabiński
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Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, 2016, vol. 446, issue C, 110-119

Abstract: We propose and compare six different ways of mapping the modified q-voter model to complex networks. Considering square lattices, Barabási–Albert, Watts–Strogatz and real Twitter networks, we ask the question if always a particular choice of the group of influence of a fixed size q leads to different behavior at the macroscopic level. Using Monte Carlo simulations we show that the answer depends on the relative average path length of the network and for real-life topologies the differences between the considered mappings may be negligible.

Keywords: Opinion formation; Opinion dynamics; q-voter model; Agent-based modeling; Social influence; Complex networks (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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DOI: 10.1016/j.physa.2015.11.005

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