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Simplification and analysis of a model of social interaction in voting

Lafuerza, LF, Dyson, L, Edmonds, B and McKane, AJ (2016) Simplification and analysis of a model of social interaction in voting. The European Physical Journal B, 89 (7). ISSN 1434-6028

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Abstract

A recently proposed model of social interaction in voting is investigated by simplifying it down into a version that is more analytically tractable and which allows a mathematical analysis to be performed. This analysis clarifies the interplay of the different elements present in the system – social influence, heterogeneity and noise – and leads to a better understanding of its properties. The origin of a regime of bistability is identified. The insight gained in this way gives further intuition into the behaviour of the original model.

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