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A kinetic approach to the study of opinion formation

Laurent Boudin, Francesco Salvarani (2009)

ESAIM: Mathematical Modelling and Numerical Analysis

In this work, we use the methods of nonequilibrium statistical mechanics in order to derive an equation which models some mechanisms of opinion formation. After proving the main mathematical properties of the model, we provide some numerical results.

Convergence analysis for asymmetric Deffuant-Weisbuch model

Jiangbo Zhang (2014)


In this paper, we investigate the convergence behavior of the asymmetric Deffuant-Weisbuch (DW) models during the opinion evolution. Based on the convergence of the asymmetric DW model that generalizes the conventional DW model, we first propose a new concept, the separation time, to study the transient behavior during the DW model's opinion evolution. Then we provide an upper bound of the expected separation time with the help of stochastic analysis. Finally, we show relations of the separation...

Dynamic reforming of a quasi pay-as-you-go social security system within a discrete stochastic multidimensional framework using optimal control methods

Athanasios A. Pantelous, Alexandros A. Zimbidis (2008)

Applicationes Mathematicae

In many western economies, the phenomenon of ageing population implies that the large Pay-As-You-Go (PAYGO) social security system will run into several severe financial difficulties. In that direction, this paper constructs a discrete-time stochastic model for a quasi PAYGO social security system to allow the potential accumulation of a special (contingency) fund, which can oscillate so as to absorb fluctuations in the various system parameters involved. The basic difference equation is analytically...

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