Face-to-Face Discussions: Networking or Opinions Exchange?

Simone Righi, Timoteo Carletti

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We use recent results of [4] on face-to-face contact durations to try to answer the question: why do people engage in face-to-face discussions? In particular we focus on behavior of scientists in academic conferences. We show evidence that macroscopic measured data are compatible with two dierent micro-founded models of social interaction. We find that the first model, in which discussions are performed with the aim of introducing oneself (networking), explains the data when the group exhibits few well reputed scientists. On the contrary, when the reputation hierarchy is not strong, a model where agents' encounters are aimed at exchanging opinions explains the data better.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication Proceedings of the European Conference on Complex Systems 2012
EditorsThomas Gilbert, Markus Kirkilionis, Gregoire Nicolis
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-00395-5
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2014
EventEuropean Conference on Complex Systems - Univeristé Libre de Bruxelles, Bruxelles, Belgium
Duration: 3 Sept 2012 → …

Publication series

NameSpringer Proceedings in Complexity

Scientific committee

Scientific committeeEuropean Conference on Complex Systems
CityUniveristé Libre de Bruxelles, Bruxelles
Period3/09/12 → …


  • face-to-face discussion
  • opinion dynamics
  • social interactions


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