Opinion dynamics with mobile agents: Contrarian effects by spatial correlations

Heiko Hamann*

*Corresponding author for this work


We investigate the dynamics of opinion formation in a group of mobile agents with noisy perceptions. Two models are applied, the 2-state Galam opinion dynamics model with contrarians and an urn model of collective decision-making. It is shown that models built on the well-mixed assumption fail to represent the dynamics of a simple scenario. The challenge of accounting for correlations in the agents' spatial distribution is overcome by different heuristics and supported by empirical investigations. We present a concise, simple 1-dimensional macroscopic modeling approach that can be tuned to correctly model spatial correlations.

Original languageEnglish
Article number63
JournalFrontiers Robotics AI
Issue numberJUN
Publication statusPublished - 01.01.2018


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