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Ising, Schelling and self-organising segregation


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.

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Correspondence to D. Stauffer.

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Stauffer, D., Solomon, S. Ising, Schelling and self-organising segregation. Eur. Phys. J. B 57, 473–479 (2007).

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