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A Geometric Model of Opinion Polarization

Jan H\k{a}z{\l}a, Yan Jin, Elchanan Mossel and Govind Ramnarayan

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Abstract: We introduce a simple, geometric model of opinion polarization. This is a model of political persuasion, as well as marketing and advertising utilizing social values. It focuses on the interplay between different topics and wide-reaching persuasion efforts in the media. We discuss some exploratory examples, analyzing how polarization occurs and evolves. We also examine some computational aspects of choosing the most effective means of influencing agents in our model, along with connections of those computational considerations with polarization.

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Date: 2019-10
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