Perspectives on the History, Sociology, and Mathematics of Influence Systems

Perspectives on the History, Sociology, and Mathematics of Influence Systems

Francesco Bullo

Abstract

This talk will present models for the evolution of opinions, interpersonal influences, and social power in a group of individuals. I will present empirical data and mathematical models for the opinion formation process in deliberative groups, including concepts of self-weight and social power. I will then focus on groups who discuss and form opinions along sequences of judgmental, intellective, and resource allocation issues. I will show how the natural dynamical evolution of interpersonal influence structures is shaped by the psychological phenomenon of reflected appraisal. Multi-agent models and analysis results are grounded in influence networks from mathematical sociology, replicator dynamics from evolutionary games, and transactive memory systems from organization science. (Joint work with: Noah E. Friedkin, Peng Jia, and Ge Chen)


Presenter

Francesco Bullo

Professor of Mechanical Engineering
University of California, Santa Barbara
United States
Region 6 Western U.S.

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Date & Time

Wed, April 1, 2020