publication . Article . Other literature type . 2018

Truth Tracking Performance of Social Networks: How Connectivity and Clustering Can Make Groups Less Competent

Hahn, Ulrike; Hansen, Jens Ulrik; Olsson, Erik J.;
Open Access English
  • Published: 17 Sep 2018
  • Publisher: Springer
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract
Our beliefs and opinions are shaped by others, making our social networks crucial in determining what we believe to be true. Sometimes this is for the good because our peers help us form a more accurate opinion. Sometimes it is for the worse because we are led astray. In this context, we address via agent-based computer simulations the extent to which patterns of connectivity within our social networks affect the likelihood that initially undecided agents in a network converge on a true opinion following group deliberation. The model incorporates a fine-grained and realistic representation of belief (opinion) and trust, and it allows agents to consult outside in...
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free text keywords: psyc, Philosophy, General Social Sciences, Bandwagon effect, Bandwagoning, Network structure, Data science, Artificial intelligence, business.industry, business, Social network, Deliberation, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Cluster analysis, Metrics, Form of the Good, Mathematics
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