Dynamics of social balance under temporal interaction

Ryosuke Nishi, Naoki Masuda

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Real social contacts are often intermittent such that a link between a pair of nodes in a social network is only temporarily used. The effects of such temporal networks on social dynamics have been investigated for several phenomenological models such as epidemic spreading, linear diffusion processes, and nonlinear oscillations. Here, we numerically investigate nonlinear social balance dynamics in such a situation. Social balance is a classical psychological theory, which dictates that a triad is balanced if the three agents are mutual friends or if the two of them are the friends of each other and hostile to the other agent. We show that the social balance dynamics is slowed down on the temporal complete graph as compared to the corresponding static complete graph.

Original languageEnglish
Article number48003
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Aug 1
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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