Control of Agreement and Disagreement Cascades with Distributed Inputs

by   Anastasia Bizyaeva, et al.

For a group of autonomous communicating agents, the ability to distinguish a meaningful input from disturbance, and come to collective agreement or disagreement in response to that input, is paramount for carrying out coordinated objectives. In this work we study how a cascade of opinion formation spreads through a group of networked decision-makers in response to a distributed input signal. Using a nonlinear opinion dynamics model with dynamic feedback modulation of an attention parameter, we show how the triggering of an opinion cascade and the collective decision itself depend on both the distributed input and the node agreement and disagreement centrality, determined by the spectral properties of the network graph. We further show how the attention dynamics introduce an implicit threshold that distinguishes between distributed inputs that trigger cascades and ones that are rejected as disturbance.



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