Chaotic dynamics in a deterministic adaptive network model of attitude formation in social groups

8 May 2014
16:00
Jonathan Ward
Abstract
Adaptive network models, in which node states and network topology coevolve, arise naturally in models of social dynamics that incorporate homophily and social influence. Homophily relates the similarity between pairs of agents' states to their network coupling strength, whilst social influence causes the convergence of coupled agents' states. In this talk, I will describe a deterministic adaptive network model of attitude formation in social groups that incorporates these effects, and in which the attitudinal dynamics are represented by an activator-inhibitor process. I will show that consensus, corresponding to all nodes adopting the same attitudinal state and being fully connected, may destabilise via Turing instability, giving rise to chaotic dynamics. For the case where there are just two agents, I will illustrate, using numerical continuation, how such chaotic dynamics arise.
  • Industrial and Applied Mathematics Seminar