Presentation Title

Cultural Dissemination: A Modified Model with Social Influence

Faculty Mentor

Adam Landsberg

Start Date

17-11-2018 9:00 AM

End Date

17-11-2018 9:15 AM

Location

C335

Session

Oral 1

Type of Presentation

Oral Talk

Subject Area

physical_mathematical_sciences

Abstract

We study cultural dissemination in the context of Robert Axelrod’s agent-based model for the spread of cultural values, with an added element of social influence. This modified model in turn leads to new equilibrium states not seen in Axelrod’s original model, including greater variation in number and size of distinct cultural regions. We introduce several new metrics to quantitatively characterize the level of heterogeneity in these new equilibrium states. Additionally, we examine the dynamical approach to equilibrium in our Social Influence Model as well as Axelrod’s model, which not only yields interesting insights into the differences in behaviors of the two different models over time, but also provides a more comprehensive view into the behavior of Axelrod’s original model.

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Nov 17th, 9:00 AM Nov 17th, 9:15 AM

Cultural Dissemination: A Modified Model with Social Influence

C335

We study cultural dissemination in the context of Robert Axelrod’s agent-based model for the spread of cultural values, with an added element of social influence. This modified model in turn leads to new equilibrium states not seen in Axelrod’s original model, including greater variation in number and size of distinct cultural regions. We introduce several new metrics to quantitatively characterize the level of heterogeneity in these new equilibrium states. Additionally, we examine the dynamical approach to equilibrium in our Social Influence Model as well as Axelrod’s model, which not only yields interesting insights into the differences in behaviors of the two different models over time, but also provides a more comprehensive view into the behavior of Axelrod’s original model.