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Group formation and social evolution: a computational model

Group formation and social evolution: a computational model
Group formation and social evolution: a computational model
The tendency to organise into groups is a fundamental property of human nature. Despite this, many models of social network evolution consider the emergence of community structure as a side effect of other processes, rather than as a mechanism driving social evolution. We present a model of social network evolution in which the group formation process forms the basis of the rewiring mechanism. Exploring the behaviour of our model, we find that rewiring on the basis of group membership reorganises the network structure in a way that, while initially facilitating the growth of groups, ultimately inhibits it.
social network, group formation
978-0-262-75017-2
197-203
MIT Press
Geard, Nicholas
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Bullock, Seth
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Bullock, S.
Noble, J.
Watson, R.
Bedau, M.A.
Geard, Nicholas
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Bullock, Seth
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Bullock, S.
Noble, J.
Watson, R.
Bedau, M.A.

Geard, Nicholas and Bullock, Seth (2008) Group formation and social evolution: a computational model. Bullock, S., Noble, J., Watson, R. and Bedau, M.A. (eds.) In Artificial Life XI: Proceedings of the Eleventh International Conference on the Simulation and Synthesis of Living Systems. MIT Press. pp. 197-203 .

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Abstract

The tendency to organise into groups is a fundamental property of human nature. Despite this, many models of social network evolution consider the emergence of community structure as a side effect of other processes, rather than as a mechanism driving social evolution. We present a model of social network evolution in which the group formation process forms the basis of the rewiring mechanism. Exploring the behaviour of our model, we find that rewiring on the basis of group membership reorganises the network structure in a way that, while initially facilitating the growth of groups, ultimately inhibits it.

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Published date: 5 August 2008
Venue - Dates: The Eleventh International Conference on the Simulation and Synthesis of Living Systems (Artificial Life XI), United Kingdom, 2008-08-05 - 2008-08-08
Keywords: social network, group formation
Organisations: Agents, Interactions & Complexity

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Local EPrints ID: 266036
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/266036
ISBN: 978-0-262-75017-2
PURE UUID: 5f0e2b13-c146-43c8-86bc-9744b92794b8

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Date deposited: 03 Jul 2008 12:37
Last modified: 09 Dec 2019 20:11

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