Models of Informational Confrontation in Social Networks
We identify five levels for the description and analysis of active network structures (social networks, mobs, etc.) as follows. At the first (lowest) level, a network is considered in to; such a description gives no details, yet being essential for a fast analysis of the general properties of these objects. At the second level, the structural properties of a network are examined using the framework of graph theory. Next, at the third level, the informational interaction of agents is analyzed, with a wide range of applicable models (Markovian models, finite-state automata, diffusion of innovations, infection models, to name a few). At the fourth level, informational control problems are formulated and solved. Finally, at the fifth level, informational confrontation is considered as the interaction of subjects affecting a social network for their individual goals.