Friends Forever: Social Relationships with a Fuzzy Agent-Based Model

  • Samer Hassan
  • Mauricio Salgado
  • Juan Pavon
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5271)


Sociological research shows that friendship and partner choice tend to reveal a bias toward social similarity. These relations are ruled by the so called “proximity principle” which states that the more similar two individuals are, the more likely they will become friends. However, proximity, similarity or friendship are concepts with blurred edges and grades of membership (acquaintances, friends, couples). Therefore, in order to model the friendship dynamics we work on an Agent-Based Model that already manages the social relationships, together with demographics and evolutionary crossover. To introduce these theoretical concepts we decided to fuzzify the system, explaining the process in detail. Thus, we end up with fuzzy sets and operations, a fuzzy friendship relationship, and a logistic function for its evolution.


agent-based modelling friendship fuzzy agent fuzzy logic social simulation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Samer Hassan
    • 1
    • 2
  • Mauricio Salgado
    • 2
  • Juan Pavon
    • 1
  1. 1.GRASIA: Grupo de Agentes Software, Ingenieria y Aplicaciones, Departamento de Ingenieria del Software e Inteligencia ArtificialUniversidad Complutense de MadridMadridSpain
  2. 2.CRESS: Centre for Research in Social Simulation, Department of SociologyUniversity of SurreySurreyUnited Kingdom

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