Zombie politics: evolutionary algorithms to counteract the spread of negative opinions

@article{Hochreiter2020ZombiePE,
  title={Zombie politics: evolutionary algorithms to counteract the spread of negative opinions},
  author={Ronald Hochreiter and Christoph Waldhauser},
  journal={Soft Computing},
  year={2020},
  volume={24},
  pages={591-601}
}
This paper is about simulating the spread of opinions in a society and about finding ways to counteract that spread. To abstract away from potentially emotionally laden opinions, we instead simulate the spread of a zombie outbreak in a society. The virus causing this outbreak is different from traditional approaches: It not only causes a binary outcome (healthy vs. infected) but rather a continuous outcome. To counteract the outbreak, a discrete number of infection-level-specific treatments are… 
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