Emerging structures in social networks guided by opinions' exchanges

Timoteo Carletti, Duccio Fanelli, Simone Righi

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In this paper we show that the small world and weak ties phenomena can spontaneously emerge in a social network of interacting agents. This dynamics is simulated in the framework of a simplified model of opinion diffusion in an evolving social network where agents are made to interact, possibly update their beliefs and modify the social relationships according to the opinion exchange.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13-30
Number of pages18
JournalAdvances in Complex Systems
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • Opinion dynamics
  • social network
  • small world
  • weak ties

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