Computational Social Sciences

Networks of Echoes

Imitation, Innovation and Invisible Leaders

Authors: West, Bruce J., Turalska, Malgorzata, Grigolini, Paolo

  • Uses a single relatively simple computational model to investigate consensus
  • Explores the different complexities in time and network topology
  • Features criticality and phase transition to explain consensus and neuronal avalanches
  • Demonstrates the sensitivity of consensus to the destabilizing influence of zealots
  • Explains how the dynamic behavior of herds and flocks depend on information transfer
  • Insightfully overviews recent tools and their uses may serve as an introduction and curriculum guide in related courses
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Networks of Echoes: Imitation, Innovation and Invisible Leaders is a mathematically rigorous and data rich book on a fascinating area of the science and engineering of social webs. There are hundreds of complex network phenomena whose statistical properties are described by inverse power laws. The phenomena of interest are not arcane events that we encounter only fleetingly, but are events that dominate our lives. We examine how this intermittent statistical behavior intertwines itself with what appears to be the organized activity of social groups. The book is structured as answers to a sequence of questions such as: How are decisions reached in elections and boardrooms? How is the stability of a society undermined by zealots and committed minorities and how is that stability re-established? Can we learn to answer such questions about human behavior by studying the way flocks of birds retain their formation when eluding a predator? These questions and others are answered using a generic model of a complex dynamic network—one whose global behavior is determined by a symmetric interaction among individuals based on social imitation. The complexity of the network is manifest in time series resulting from self-organized critical dynamics that have divergent first and second moments, are non-stationary, non-ergodic and non-Poisson. How phase transitions in the network dynamics influence such activity as decision making is a fascinating story and provides a context for introducing many of the mathematical ideas necessary for understanding complex networks in general. The decision making model (DMM) is selected to emphasize that there are features of complex webs that supersede specific mechanisms and need to be understood from a general perspective. This insightful overview of recent tools and their uses may serve as an introduction and curriculum guide in related courses.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Networks of Echoes
Book Subtitle
Imitation, Innovation and Invisible Leaders
Authors
Series Title
Computational Social Sciences
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-04879-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-04879-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-04878-9
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-35173-5
Series ISSN
2509-9574
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 225
Number of Illustrations and Tables
85 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
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