Consensus formation in opinion dynamics with online and offline interactions at complex networks

Zhaogang Ding, Yucheng Dong, Gang Kou, Iván Palomares, Shui Yu
2018 International Journal of Modern Physics C  
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more » ... ividuals worldwide will use the internet regularly, accounting for nearly 45% of the worlds population. In other words, the other half obtains information and exchanges their opinions via traditional way (e.g. face to face) regularly. Generally, the speed at which information spreads and opinions are exchanged and updated in online environment is much faster than in offline environment. In this paper, we study the asynchronism interaction 2 online and offline environment in opinion dynamics, and we unfold that the asynchronization strongly impacts the consensus formation at complex networks: A high degree of the asynchronization makes it difficult for all agents to reach consensus in opinion dynamics. Furthermore, these effects are often further intensified as the number of online participating agents increases.
doi:10.1142/s0129183118500468 fatcat:hvnkxxdex5hxrpyjlkd274iiru