Modeling Crowd Behavior Based on Social Comparison Theory: Extended Abstract

  • Natalie Fridman
  • Gal Kaminka
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4173)


Modeling crowd behavior is an important challenge for cognitive modelers. We propose a novel model of crowd behavior, based on Festinger’s Social Comparison Theory, a social psychology theory known and expanded since the early 1950’s. We propose a concrete framework for SCT, and evaluate its implementations in several crowd behavior scenarios. The results show improved performance over existing models.


Cellular Automaton Social Comparison Gain Function Lane Change Crowd Behavior 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Natalie Fridman
    • 1
  • Gal Kaminka
    • 1
  1. 1.The MAVERICK Group, Computer Science DepartmentBar Ilan UniversityIsrael

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