Induced Cultural Globalization by an External Vector Field in an Enhanced Axelrod Model

  • Arezky H. Rodríguez
  • M. del Castillo-Mussot
  • G. J. Vázquez
Part of the Advances in Intelligent and Soft Computing book series (AINSC, volume 55)


A new model is proposed, in the context of Axelrod’s model for the study of cultural dissemination, to include and external vector field (VF) which describes the effects of mass media on social systems. The VF acts over the whole system and it is characterized by two parameters: a non-null overlap with each agent in the society and a confidence value of its information. Beyond a threshold value of the confidence there is induced monocultural globalization of the system lined up with the VF. Below this value, the multicultural states are unstable and certain homogenization of the system is obtained in opposite line up according to that we have called negative publicity effect. Three regimes of behavior for the spread process of the VF information as a function of time are reported.


Vector Field Effective Feature Cultural Trait Nominal Feature Cultural Globalization 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Arezky H. Rodríguez
    • 1
  • M. del Castillo-Mussot
    • 2
  • G. J. Vázquez
    • 2
  1. 1.Academia de MatemáticasUniversidad Autónoma de la Ciudad de MéxicoMexico CityMexico
  2. 2.Departamento de Estado Sólido, Instituto de FísicaUniversidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)San ÁngelMexico

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