Social Influence and the Dynamics of Opinions: The Approach of Statistical Physics
Version of Record online: 21 JUN 2012
Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Managerial and Decision Economics
Special Issue: Emergent Nature of Organization, Markets and Wisdom of Crowds
Volume 33, Issue 5-6, pages 311–321, July-September 2012
How to Cite
Castellano, C. (2012), Social Influence and the Dynamics of Opinions: The Approach of Statistical Physics. Manage. Decis. Econ., 33: 311–321. doi: 10.1002/mde.2555
- Issue online: 17 AUG 2012
- Version of Record online: 21 JUN 2012
Interacting individuals tend, in general, to increase their similarity. If not influenced by his or her social environment, each individual would choose a personal response to a political question, his or her own unique cultural conventions or special correspondence between objects and words. Still, it is common experience that opinions, cultural features, and languages are shared by large groups of people. We present some dynamical models recently considered by statistical physicists to describe these processes and discuss the main results of this approach. Emphasis is on qualitative aspects such as robustness, size effects, and the role of the topology of the interaction pattern. Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.