Type

Journal Article

Authors

Michael Quayle
Kevin Durrheim
James P Gleeson
Kevin Burke
Susan Fennell
Paul J. Maher
Pádraig MacCarron

Subjects

Economics

Topics
dissemination social groups cultural diffusion survey data threshold co evolution formation agreement

Agreement threshold on axelrod’s model of cultural dissemination (2020)

Abstract Shared opinions are an important feature in the formation of social groups. In this paper, we use the Axelrod model of cultural dissemination to represent opinion-based groups. In the Axelrod model, each agent has a set of features which each holds one of a set of nominally related traits. Survey data has a similar structure, where each participant answers each of a set of items with responses from a fixed list. We present an alternative method of displaying the Axelrod model by representing it as a bipartite graph, i.e., participants and their responses as separate nodes. This allows us to see which feature-trait combinations are selected in the final state. This visualisation is particularly useful when representing survey data as it illustrates the co-evolution of attitudes and opinion-based groups in Axelrod’s model of cultural diffusion. We also present a modification to the Axelrod model. A standard finding of the Axelrod model with many features is for all agents to fully agree in one cluster. We introduce an agreement threshold and allow nodes to interact only with those neighbours who are within this threshold (i.e., those with similar opinions) rather than those with any opinion. This method reliably yields a large number of clusters for small agreement thresholds and, importantly, does not limit to single cluster when the number of features grows large. This potentially provides a method for modelling opinion-based groups where as opinions are added, the number of clusters increase.
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Full list of authors on original publication

Michael Quayle, Kevin Durrheim, James P Gleeson, Kevin Burke, Susan Fennell, Paul J. Maher, Pádraig MacCarron

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Michael Quayle
University of Limerick
Total Publications: 6
 
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Kevin Durrheim
University of Limerick
Total Publications: 4
 
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James P. Gleeson
University of Limerick
Total Publications: 62
 
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Kevin Burke
University of Limerick
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Paul J. Maher
University of Limerick
Total Publications: 9