The roundtable: an abstract model of conversation dynamics

Mastrangeli, Massimo and Lacasa Saiz de Arce, Lucas (2010). The roundtable: an abstract model of conversation dynamics. "Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation", v. 13 (n. 4); pp. 1-11. ISSN 1460-7425.

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Title: The roundtable: an abstract model of conversation dynamics
Author/s:
  • Mastrangeli, Massimo
  • Lacasa Saiz de Arce, Lucas
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation
Date: October 2010
ISSN: 1460-7425
Volume: 13
Subjects:
Freetext Keywords: ABM, Complexity, Turn-Taking Dynamics, Schism, Stochastic Dynamics
Faculty: E.T.S.I. Aeronáuticos (UPM)
Department: Matemática Aplicada y Estadística [hasta 2014]
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

Is it possible to abstract a formal mechanism originating schisms and governing the size evolution of social conversations? In this work we propose a constructive solution to this problem: an abstract model of a generic N-party turn-taking conversation. The model develops from simple yet realistic assumptions derived from experimental evidence, abstracts from conversation content and semantics while including topological information, and is driven by stochastic dynamics. We find that a single mechanism, namely the dynamics of conversational party's individual fitness as related to conversation size, controls the development of the self-organized schisming phenomenon. Potential generalizations of the model - including individual traits and preferences, memory effects and more elaborated conversational topologies - may find important applications also in other fields of research, where dynamically-interacting and networked agents play a fundamental role.

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Item ID: 8371
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/8371/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:8371
Official URL: http://jasss.soc.surrey.ac.uk/JASSS.html
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 29 Aug 2011 07:46
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2016 17:11
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