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The European Physical Journal Special Topics

, Volume 143, Issue 1, pp 237–239 | Cite as

Monte Carlo simulations of a model for opinion formation

  • C. M. Bordogna
  • E. V. Albano
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Abstract.

A model for opinion formation based on the Theory of Social Impact is presented and studied by means of numerical simulations. Individuals with two states of opinion are impacted due to social interactions with: i) members of the society, ii) a strong leader with a well-defined opinion and iii) the mass media that could either support or compete with the leader. Due to that competition, the average opinion of the social group exhibits phase-transition like behaviour between different states of opinion.

Keywords

Social Group Mass Medium EUROPEAN Physical Journal Special Topic Social Impact Thermodynamic Limit 
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© EDP Sciences/Società Italiana di Fisica/Springer-Verlag 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • C. M. Bordogna
    • 1
  • E. V. Albano
    • 2
  1. 1.IMApEC, Facultad de IngenieríaLa PlataArgentina
  2. 2.Instituto de Investigaciones Fisicoquímicas Teóricas y Aplicadas (INIFTA)La PlataArgentina

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