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Emergence of Simple Characteristics for Heterogeneous Complex Social Agents

Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire de Physique (LIPhy), Univ. Grenoble Alpes, CNRS, LIPHY, F-38000 Grenoble, France
Symmetry 2020, 12(8), 1281; https://doi.org/10.3390/sym12081281
Received: 2 July 2020 / Revised: 15 July 2020 / Accepted: 16 July 2020 / Published: 2 August 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue 30 Years of Econophysics: Symmetry in Physics and Economics)
Models of interacting social agents often represent agents as very simple entities with a small number of degrees of freedom, as exemplified by binary opinion models for instance. Understanding how such simple individual characteristics may emerge from potentially much more complex agents is thus a natural question. It has been proposed recently in [E. Bertin, P. Jensen, C. R. Phys. 20, 329 (2019)] that some types of interactions among agents with many internal degrees of freedom may lead to a ‘simplification’ of agents, which are then effectively described by a small number of internal degrees of freedom. Here, we generalize the model to account for agent intrinsic heterogeneity. We find two different simplification regimes, one dominated by interactions, where agents become simple and identical as in the homogeneous model, and one where agents remain strongly heterogeneous although effectively with simple characteristics. View Full-Text
Keywords: sociophysics; statistical physics; heterogeneity; phase transition; glass transition sociophysics; statistical physics; heterogeneity; phase transition; glass transition
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