Strategic communications in opinion diffusion

Lin Li, Anna Scaglione, Ananthram Swami, Qing Zhao

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We propose a strategic communication model, in which social agents play a central role in determining how much effort and time they want to invest in interacting with others. The starting point for this paper is the so called bounded confidence model in which agents update their opinions only when they are like-minded (i.e., their opinion distance is smaller than a threshold). In our model, in addition to the existence of trust between interacting agents, the agents also individually determine the expected time and effort in interacting with their neighboring agents. The strategic communication thus refers to the process that allows individuals to select neighbors, with whom interaction produces a maximization of the local utility functions. Our goal is to analyze the dynamics of opinion formation under the proposed communication strategy, with a focus on understanding how and under what conditions clustering patterns emerge in opinion space.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationConference Record of the 46th Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems and Computers, ASILOMAR 2012
Number of pages5
StatePublished - Dec 1 2012
Externally publishedYes
Event46th Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems and Computers, ASILOMAR 2012 - Pacific Grove, CA, United States
Duration: Nov 4 2012Nov 7 2012

Publication series

NameConference Record - Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems and Computers
ISSN (Print)1058-6393


Other46th Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems and Computers, ASILOMAR 2012
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityPacific Grove, CA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Signal Processing
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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