On the emergence of an "intention field" for socially cohesive agents

  title={On the emergence of an "intention field" for socially cohesive agents},
  author={Jean-Philippe Bouchaud and Christian Borghesi and Pablo Jensen},
We argue that when a social convergence mechanism exists and is strong enough, one should expect the emergence of a well-defined 'field', i.e. a slowly evolving, local quantity around which individual attributes fluctuate in a finite range. This condensation phenomenon is well illustrated by the Deffuant–Weisbuch opinion model for which we provide a natural extension to allow for spatial heterogeneities. We show analytically and numerically that the resulting dynamics of the emergent field is a… 

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