Simplification and analysis of a model of social interaction in voting

  • Luis F. Lafuerza
  • Louise Dyson
  • Bruce Edmonds
  • Alan J. McKane
Open Access
Regular Article

Abstract

A recently proposed model of social interaction in voting is investigated by simplifying it down into a version that is more analytically tractable and which allows a mathematical analysis to be performed. This analysis clarifies the interplay of the different elements present in the system – social influence, heterogeneity and noise – and leads to a better understanding of its properties. The origin of a regime of bistability is identified. The insight gained in this way gives further intuition into the behaviour of the original model.

Keywords

Statistical and Nonlinear Physics 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Luis F. Lafuerza
    • 1
  • Louise Dyson
    • 1
  • Bruce Edmonds
    • 2
  • Alan J. McKane
    • 1
  1. 1.Theoretical Physics Division, School of Physics and Astronomy, The University of ManchesterManchesterUK
  2. 2.Centre for Policy Modelling, Manchester Metropolitan UniversityManchesterUK

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