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Front. Phys. | doi: 10.3389/fphy.2019.00163

Tangled Worldview model of Opinion Dynamics

  • 1Imperial College London, United Kingdom
  • 2Institute of Innovative Research, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan

We study the joint evolution of worldviews by proposing a model of opinion dynamics, which is inspired in notions from evolutionary ecology. Agents update their opinion on a specific issue based on their propensity to change -- asserted by the social neighbours -- weighted by their mutual similarity on other issues. Agents are, therefore, more influenced by neighbours with similar worldviews (set of opinions on various issues), resulting in a complex co-evolution of each opinion. Simulations show that the worldview evolution exhibits events of intermittent polarization when the social network is scale-free. This, in turn, triggers extreme crashes and surges in the popularity of various opinions. Using the proposed model, we highlight the role of network structure, bounded rationality of agents, and the role of key influential agents in causing polarization and intermittent reformation of worldviews on scale-free networks.

Keywords: polarization, opinion dynamics, worldview, Co-evolution (principle of conjugate, interdependent changes of systems or a part of the system inside the whole one), Social network (online)

Received: 04 Jul 2019; Accepted: 04 Oct 2019.

Copyright: © 2019 Rajpal, Rosas and Jensen. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Mr. Hardik Rajpal, Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom, h.rajpal15@imperial.ac.uk