First-order transition in a model of prestige bias

@article{Skinner2020FirstorderTI,
  title={First-order transition in a model of prestige bias},
  author={Brian Skinner},
  journal={SciPost Physics},
  year={2020}
}
  • B. Skinner
  • Published 13 October 2019
  • Sociology
  • SciPost Physics
One of the major benefits of belonging to a prestigious group is that it affects the way you are viewed by others. Here I use a simple mathematical model to explore the implications of this ``prestige bias'' when candidates undergo repeated rounds of evaluation. In the model, candidates who are evaluated most highly are admitted to a ``prestige class'', and their membership biases future rounds of evaluation in their favor. I use the language of Bayesian inference to describe this bias, and… 
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