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Agreement threshold on axelrod’s model of cultural dissemination

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dc.contributor.author MacCarron, Pádraig
dc.contributor.author Maher, Paul J.
dc.contributor.author Fennell, Susan C.
dc.contributor.author Burke, Kevin
dc.contributor.author Gleeson, James P.
dc.contributor.author Durrheim, Kevin
dc.contributor.author Quayle, Michael
dc.date.accessioned 2020-06-05T07:38:14Z
dc.date.available 2020-06-05T07:38:14Z
dc.date.issued 2020
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/8894
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.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. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Public Library of Science en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries PLoS ONE;15(6) e0233995
dc.subject Survey data en_US
dc.subject cultural diffusion en_US
dc.subject social groups en_US
dc.title Agreement threshold on axelrod’s model of cultural dissemination en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1371/journal.pone.0233995
dc.contributor.sponsor ERC en_US
dc.contributor.sponsor IRC en_US
dc.contributor.sponsor SFI en_US
dc.relation.projectid 802421 en_US
dc.relation.projectid 16/IA/4470 en_US
dc.relation.projectid 12/RC/2289P2 en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US


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