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Dynamics of Vacillating Voters
Journal of Statistical Mechanics: Theory and Experiment (2007)
  • Renaud Lambiotte, Université Catholique de Louvain
  • Sidney Redner, Boston University
Abstract

We introduce the vacillating voter model in which each voter consults two neighbors to decide its state, and changes opinion if it disagrees with either neighbor. This irresolution leads to a global bias toward zero magnetization. In spatial dimension $d>1$, anti-coarsening arises in which the linear dimension $L$ of minority domains grows as $t^{1/(d+1)}$. One consequence is that the time to reach consensus scales exponentially with the number of voters.

Keywords
  • opinion formation,
  • Voter model
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Publication Date
2007
Citation Information
Renaud Lambiotte and Sidney Redner. "Dynamics of Vacillating Voters" Journal of Statistical Mechanics: Theory and Experiment Vol. in press (2007)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/lambiotte/1/