Consensus formation on a simplicial complex of opinions
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Geometric realization of an opinion is considered as a simplex and the opinion space of a group of individuals is a simplicial complex whose topological features are monitored in the process of opinion formation. The agents are physically located at the nodes of a scale-free and a random network. Social interactions include all concepts of social dynamics present in the mainstream models, augmented by four additional interaction mechanisms which depend on the local properties of opinions and their overlapping properties. The results pertaining to the formation of consensus are of particular interest. An analogy with quantum mechanical pure states is established through the application of the high-dimensional combinatorial Laplacian. (C) 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.