Wednesday, February 22, 2012

1202.4554 (Nicola Bellomo et al.)

On the dynamics of social conflicts: looking for the Black Swan    [PDF]

Nicola Bellomo, Miguel A. Herrero, Andrea Tosin
This paper deals with the modeling of social competition, possibly resulting
in the onset of extreme conflicts. More precisely, we discuss models describing
the interplay between individual competition for wealth distribution that, when
coupled with political stances coming from support or opposition to a
government, may give rise to strongly self-enhanced effects. The latter may be
thought of as the early stages of massive, unpredictable events known as Black
Swans, although no analysis of any fully-developed Black Swan is provided here.
Our approach makes use of the framework of the kinetic theory for active
particles, where nonlinear interactions among subjects are modeled according to
game-theoretical tools.
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