Daily Archives: September 28, 2015

Identifying the Structural Discontinuities of Human Interactions

The idea of a hierarchical spatial organization of society lies at the core of seminal theories in human geography that have strongly influenced our understanding of social organization. In the same line, the recent availability of large-scale human mobility and … Continue reading

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Computational Modelling of Trust and Social Relationships

A computational model for the development of social relationships is described. The model implements agent strategies for social interaction based on Dunbar’s Social Brain Hypothesis (SBH). A trust related process controls the formation and decay of relationships as a function … Continue reading

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Emergence of Social Cohesion in a Society of Greedy Individuals

Human wellbeing in modern societies relies on social cohesion, which can be characterized by high levels of cooperation and a large number of social ties. Both features, however, are frequently challenged by individual self-interest. In fact, the stability of social … Continue reading

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Social Relationships and the Emergence of Social Networks

In complex social systems such as those of many mammals, including humans, groups (and hence ego-centric social networks) are commonly structured in discrete layers. We describe a computational model for the development of social relationships based on agents’ strategies for … Continue reading

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Dynamics of Deceptive Interactions in Social Networks

In this paper we examine the role of lies in human social relations by implementing some salient characteristics of deceptive interactions into an opinion formation model, so as to describe the dynamical behaviour of a social network more realistically. In … Continue reading

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The Self-Organizing Society: A Grower’s Guide

Can a human society be organized in such a way that self-organization will always tend to produce outcomes that advance the goals of the society? Such a society would be self-organizing in the sense that agents which pursue only their … Continue reading

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