˙ūKonformizm, antykonformizm i polaryzacja opinii: wnioski z matematycznego
modelu dynamiki opinii
[Conformity, anticonformity and polarization of opinions: insights from
a mathematical model of opinion dynamics]
Tomasz Weron (WydziaB Matematyki, PWr, WrocBaw)
Understanding and quantifying polarization in social systems is important
because of many reasons. It could for instance help to avoid segregation
and conflicts in the society (DiMaggio et al. 1996) or to control polarized
debates and predict their outcomes (Walton 1991). In a recent paper (Siedlecki
et al. 2016) we used an agent-based model of a segmented society to check if
the polarization may be induced by a competition between conformity and
anticonformity. Among other things we have shown that the interplay of
intra-clique conformity and inter-clique anticonformity may indeed lead to
a bi-polarized state of the system. This paper is a continuation of the work
done in (Siedlecki et al. 2016). We consider here a slightly modified version
of the model that allows for mathematical treatment and gives more insight
into the dynamics of the system. We determine conditions needed to arrive at
consensus in a double-clique network with conformity and anticonformity as
types of social influence and find regimes, in which polarization takes over.
Based on: T. Krueger, J. SzwabiDski, T. Weron (2016) Conformity, anticonformity
and polarization of opinions: insights from a mathematical model of opinion
dynamics, Working Paper (http://arxiv.org/abs/1608.08810).