Chaos in a Simple Cellular Automaton Model of a Uniform Society

  • Franco Bagnoli
  • Fabio Franci
  • Raúl Rechtman
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3305)


In this work we study the collective behavior in a model of a simplified homogeneous society. Each agent is modeled as a binary “perceptron”, receiving neighbors’ opinions as inputs and outputting one of two possible opinions, according to the conformist attitude and to the external pressure of mass media. For a neighborhood size greater than three, the system shows a very complex phase diagram, including a disordered phase and chaotic behavior. We present analytic calculations, mean fields approximation and numerical simulations for different values of the parameters.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Franco Bagnoli
    • 1
    • 2
    • 4
    • 5
  • Fabio Franci
    • 2
    • 4
  • Raúl Rechtman
    • 3
  1. 1.Dipartimento di EnergeticaUniversità di FirenzeFirenzeItaly
  2. 2.Centro Interdipartimentale per lo Studio delle Dinamiche ComplesseUniversità di FirenzeItaly
  3. 3.Centro de Investigacíon en Energía, UNAMTemixcoMexico
  4. 4.INFM, Sezione di Firenze 
  5. 5.INFN, Sezione di Firenze 

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