Bounded Confidence Evolution of Opinions and Actions in Social Networks
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ActionBounded confidenceEvolutionOpinionSocial network
Published version: M. Zhan... [et al.], "Bounded Confidence Evolution of Opinions and Actions in Social Networks," in IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics, doi: [10.1109/TCYB.2020.3043635]
SponsorshipNational Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) 71991460 71991465 71871149 71910107002 71725001; Research Foundation of Education Bureau of Hunan Province, China 20B147; Spanish Government PID2019-103880RB-I00/AEI/10.13039/501100011033
Inspired by the continuous opinion and discrete action (CODA) model, bounded confidence and social networks, the bounded confidence evolution of opinions and actions in social networks is investigated and a social network opinions and actions evolutions (SNOAEs) model is proposed. In the SNOAE model, it is assumed that each agent has a CODA for a certain issue. Agents’ opinions are private and invisible, that is, an individual agent only knows its own opinion and cannot obtain other agents’ opinions unless there is a social network connection edge that allows their communication; agents’ actions are public and visible to all agents and impact other agents’ actions. Opinions and actions evolve in a directed social network. In the limitation of the bounded confidence, other agents’ actions or agents’ opinions noticed or obtained by network communication, respectively, are used by agents to update their opinions. Based on the SNOAE model, the evolution of the opinions and actions with bounded confidence is investigated in social networks both theoretically and experimentally with a detailed simulation analysis. Theoretical research results show that discrete actions can attract agents who trust the discrete action, and make agents to express extreme opinions. Simulation experiments results show that social network connection probability, bounded confidence, and the opinion threshold of action choice parameters have strong impacts on the evolution of opinions and actions. However, the number of agents in the social network has no obvious influence on the evolution of opinions and actions.