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Kinetic models for opinion formation

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FKTW05 - Frontiers in numerical analysis of kinetic equations

Real-world systems in sociology often consist of a large number of interacting individuals that may form patterns or develop a collective behaviour; opinion formation in a society is a typical application. Mathematical techniques originating from kinetic theory can be successfully adapted to model such systems and obtain mesoscopic and macroscopic descriptions of the microscopic dynamics. Such approaches frequently lead to generalisations of the classical Boltzmann equation for gas dynamics and associated limit Fokker-Planck type partial differential equations. In this talk I will discuss different kinetic models for opinion formation, modelling phenomena like opinion leadership, political segregation and pre-election polling.

This talk is part of the Isaac Newton Institute Seminar Series series.

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