Selection and influence in cultural dynamics

  title={Selection and influence in cultural dynamics},
  author={David Kempe and Jon M. Kleinberg and Sigal Oren and Aleksandrs Slivkins},
Human societies exhibit many forms of cultural diversity --- in the languages that are spoken, in the opinions and values that are held, and in many other dimensions. An active body of research in the mathematical social sciences has developed models for reasoning about the origins of this diversity, and about how it evolves over time. One of the fundamental principles driving cultural diversity is the tension between two forces: influence and selection. Influencerefers to the tendency of… 

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