The European Physical Journal B

, Volume 57, Issue 4, pp 473–479 | Cite as

Ising, Schelling and self-organising segregation

  • D. StaufferEmail author
  • S. Solomon
Interdisciplinary Physics


The similarities between phase separation in physics and residential segregation by preference in the Schelling model of 1971 are reviewed. Also, new computer simulations of asymmetric interactions different from the usual Ising model are presented, showing spontaneous magnetisation (=self-organising segregation) and in one case a sharp phase transition.


05.50.+q Lattice theory and statistics (Ising, Potts, etc.) 89.65.-s Social and economic systems 89.75.-K Complex systems 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Racah Institute of Physics, Hebrew UniversityJerusalemIsrael

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