Computational Science Technical Note CSTN-250


Comparing Collective Behaviour of Socio-Physical Models

C. B. Butt and D. P. Playne and K. A. Hawick

Archived: 2013


Many complex systems such as crowds, financial and economic markets and other sociological systems can be modelled as a collection of microscopically simple individual agents. These models have properties in common with some physical systems in that they exhibit critical behaviour or phase transitions where a small change in a controlling parameter can give rise to a sudden and dramatic change. Such systems are difficult to study using conventional analytic mathematical techniques and generally require numerical simulation to allow study of the complex emergent effects that occur. Three sociophysical models based on opinion formation and cultural dissemination are presented and discussed. The behaviour of these three models are analysed and compared to show the effect of the social forces present in each of the models.

Keywords: Voter; Sznajd; Axelrod; Sociophysical

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        author = {C. B. Butt and D. P. Playne and K. A. Hawick},
        title = {Comparing Collective Behaviour of Socio-Physical Models},
        booktitle = {Proc. Int. Conf. on Modelling Simulation and Visualization},
        year = {2014},
        number = {CSTN-250},
        address = {Las vegas, USA},
        month = {22-25 July},
        organization = {WorldComp},
        institution = {Computer Science, Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand},
        keywords = {Voter, Sznajd, Axelrod Sociophysical},
        owner = {dpplayne},
        timestamp = {2013.06.03},
        url = {}

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