Boltzmann and Fokker–Planck equations modelling opinion formation in the presence of strong leaders

We propose a mathematical model for opinion formation in a society that is built of two groups, one group of ‘ordinary’ people and one group of ‘strong opinion leaders’

Bertram Düring; Peter Markowich; Jan-Frederik Pietschmann; Marie-Therese Wolfram

2009

Scholarcy highlights

  • We propose a mathematical model for opinion formation in a society that is built of two groups, one group of ‘ordinary’ people and one group of ‘strong opinion leaders’
  • Our approach is based on an opinion formation model introduced in Toscani
  • Starting from microscopic interactions among individuals, we arrive at a macroscopic description of the opinion formation process that is characterized by a system of Fokker–Planck-type equations

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