Coexistence of opposite opinions in a network with communities

R. Lambiotte, M. Ausloos

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    The majority rule is applied to a topology that consists of two coupled random networks, thereby mimicking the modular structure observed in social networks. We calculate analytically the asymptotic behaviour of the model and derive a phase diagram that depends on the frequency of random opinion flips and on the inter-connectivity between the two communities. It is shown that three regimes may take place: a disordered regime, where no collective phenomena takes place; a symmetric regime, where the nodes in both communities reach the same average opinion; and an asymmetric regime, where the nodes in each community reach an opposite average opinion. The transition from the asymmetric regime to the symmetric regime is shown to be discontinuous.
    langue originaleAnglais
    journalJournal of Statistical Mechanics: Theory and Experiment
    Numéro de publication8
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    Etat de la publicationPublié - 1 août 2007

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