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Friends Forever: Social Relationships with a Fuzzy Agent-Based Model

Hassan, Samer, Salgado, Mauricio and Pavon, Juan (2008) Friends Forever: Social Relationships with a Fuzzy Agent-Based Model In: Hybrid Artificial Intelligence Systems of Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer, pp. 523-532.

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Abstract

Sociological research shows that friendship and partner choice tend to reveal a bias toward social similarity. These relations are ruled by the so called “proximity principle” which states that the more similar two individuals are, the more likely they will become friends. However, proximity, similarity or friend- ship are concepts with blurred edges and grades of membership (acquaintances, friends, couples). Therefore, in order to model the friendship dynamics we work on an Agent-Based Model that already manages the social relationships, together with demographics and evolutionary crossover. To introduce these theoretical concepts we decided to fuzzify the system, explaining the process in detail. Thus, we end up with fuzzy sets and operations, a fuzzy friendship relationship, and a logistic function for its evolution.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Published in: Hybrid Artificial Intelligence Systems of Lecture Notes in Computer Science. p523-532, Springer-Verlag Berlin, Heidelberg. Copyright: The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences > Sociology > Centre for Research in Social Simulation (CRESS)
Depositing User: Mr Adam Field
Date Deposited: 27 May 2010 14:42
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2013 18:33
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/1594

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