Influence of local information on social simulations in small-world network models

Chung Yuan Huang, Chuen-Tsai Sun, Hsun Cheng Lin

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Abstract

As part of Watts and Strogatz's small-world model of complex networks, local information mechanisms such as landscape properties are used to approximate real-world conditions in social simulations. The authors investigated the influence of local information on social simulations based on the small-world network model, using a cellular automata variation with added shortcuts as a test platform for simulating the spread of an epidemic disease or cultural values/ideas. Results from experimental simulations show that the percentage of weak individuals should be considered significant local information, but vertex degree influences and the distribution patterns of weak individuals should not. When exploring contagion problems, the results encourage a future emphasis on setting and the proportions of specific values of local information related to infection strength or resistance, and a reduced emphasis on the detailed topological structure of small-world network models and the distribution patterns of specific values of local information.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJASSS
Volume8
Issue number4
StatePublished - 31 Oct 2005

Keywords

  • Contagion Problem
  • Epidemic Simulation
  • Local Information
  • Small-World Network Model

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