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Modeling the Dynamics of Opinion Change: when Individuals may have Different Overt and Covert Opinions
Mälardalen University, School of Education, Culture and Communication.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis aims to present and explore a mathematical model of attitude change within society. Building on the foundations set up by Lave and March [2] and Eriksson and Strimling [1] we propose a model which includes the possibility of having an overt as well as covert opinion by any individual on a given issue. We lay out the verbal and mathematical specifications for our model, interpret them in the framework of discrete-time dynamical systems and simulate the behavior using Matlab programming. Finally, we propose three conjectures based on the results of our simulations and proceed to subject two of them to further analytical treatment.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. , p. 36
Keywords [en]
mathematical modeling of attitude change, overt and covert opinions, dynamics of opinion change in society, social desirability bias, cognitive dissonance
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Mathematics Social Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-45603OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-45603DiVA, id: diva2:1362210
Subject / course
Mathematics/Applied Mathematics
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2019-10-04, 10:45 (English)
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Available from: 2019-10-18 Created: 2019-10-18 Last updated: 2019-10-18Bibliographically approved

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