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Gabriel Istrate. Stochastic Stability in Schelling's Segregation Model with Contagion. In 5th European Conference on Complex Systems (ECCS' 08), Jerusalem, Israel, September 14-19 . 2008.

Abstract: [Published only as an abstract on the conference website. Full-length paper to follow]

We investigate the dependence of steady-state properties of Schelling's segregation model on the agents' activation order. Our basic formalism is the Pollicott-Weiss version of Schelling's segregation model. Our main result modifies this baseline scenario by

1. employing a log-linear response rule, similar to the setup in Zhang (Journal Ec. Behavior and Organization 2004)


2. incorporating "contagion" in the decision to move: agents are connected by a second, "word-of-mouth", network. Agents' activation is specified
by a random walk on this network.

Our results are an example of the adversarial scheduling approach to social simulations.

Keywords: stochastic stability, Schelling's segregation model, adversarial scheduling, social simulations

URL: http://www.jeruccs2008.org/node/267

Posted by Gabriel Istrate

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