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Opinion Dynamics Induced by Agents with Particular Goal

LI Zhenpeng1, TANG Xijin2,3, HONG Zhenjie4   

  1. 1. School of Electronics and Information Engineering (School of Data Science), Taizhou University, Taizhou 318000, China;
    2. Academy of Mathematics and Systems Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190, China;
    3. University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China;
    4. Wenzhou University, Wenzhou 325035, China
  • Received:2021-03-26 Revised:2021-08-26 Online:2022-11-25 Published:2022-12-23
  • Contact: LI Zhenpeng,
  • Supported by:
    This research was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China under Grant Nos. 71661001 and 71730002.

LI Zhenpeng, TANG Xijin, HONG Zhenjie. Opinion Dynamics Induced by Agents with Particular Goal[J]. Journal of Systems Science and Complexity, 2022, 35(6): 2319-2335.

The authors investigate the opinion dynamics in a setting where some special agents induce public opinions towards their desired direction, with Particular Goal (PG agents for short) to manipulate beliefs. Based on the bounded confidence model, the authors find PG agents can significantly improve the level of consensus. The authors also study how opinion pattern is influenced by varying the model in terms of changing the network structure, different parameters, and PG agents choosing strategy. The authors conduct the comparison of model results with empirical data from on line social networks. The authors hope the study may shade a light on public opinion control and regulation.
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