Paths to Polarization: How Extreme Views, Miscommunication, and Random Chance Drive Opinion Dynamics

@article{Turner2018PathsTP,
  title={Paths to Polarization: How Extreme Views, Miscommunication, and Random Chance Drive Opinion Dynamics},
  author={Matthew A. Turner and Paul E. Smaldino},
  journal={Complexity},
  year={2018},
  volume={2018},
  pages={2740959:1-2740959:17}
}
Understanding the social conditions that tend to increase or decrease polarization is important for many reasons. We study a network-structured agent-based model of opinion dynamics, extending a model previously introduced by Flache and Macy (2011), who found that polarization appeared to increased with the introduction of long-range ties but decrease with the number of salient opinions, which they called the population's "cultural complexity." We find the following. First, polarization is… CONTINUE READING
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