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Microscopic activity patterns in the naming game

Dall'Asta, L. & Baronchelli, A. (2006). Microscopic activity patterns in the naming game. Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and General, 39(48), pp. 14851-14867. doi: 10.1088/0305-4470/39/48/002


The models of statistical physics used to study collective phenomena in some interdisciplinary contexts, such as social dynamics and opinion spreading, do not consider the effects of the memory on individual decision processes. In contrast, in the naming game, a recently proposed model of language formation, each agent chooses a particular state, or opinion, by means of a memory-based negotiation process, during which a variable number of states is collected and kept in memory. In this perspective, the statistical features of the number of states collected by the agents become a relevant quantity to understand the dynamics of the model, and the influence of topological properties on memory-based models. By means of a master equation approach, we analyse the internal agent dynamics of the naming game in populations embedded on networks, finding that it strongly depends on very general topological properties of the system (e.g. average and fluctuations of the degree). However, the influence of topological properties on the microscopic individual dynamics is a general phenomenon that should characterize all those social interactions that can be modelled by memory-based negotiation processes.

Publication Type: Article
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Q Science > QC Physics
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Mathematics
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