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Measuring political polarization through networks
Año:2015
Áreas de investigación
  • Física química y matemáticas,
  • Humanidades y ciencias sociales
Datos
Descripción
Political polarization is a social phenomenon that has several consequences in peoples' lives and whose nature is not completely understood. We say that a population is perfectly polarized when divided in two groups of the same size and opposite opinions. In this work, we propose a methodology to study and measure the emergence of polarization from social interactions. We begin by proposing a model to estimate opinions in which a minority of influential individuals propagate their opinions through a social network. The result of the model is an opinion probability density function. Next, we propose an index to quantify the extent to which the resulting distribution is polarized. Finally, we apply the proposed methodology to a Twitter conversation about the late Venezuelan president, Hugo Chavez, finding a good agreement between our results and offline data. We demonstrate that the polarization in social media emerges from the influence of opinion leaders that dominate interactions. Hence, we show that our methodology can detect different degrees of polarization, depending on the structure of the network.
Internacional
Si
Nombre congreso
Net-Works 2015. International Conference on Complex networks and their interdisciplinary applications [http://ergodic.ugr.es/networks2015]
Tipo de participación
960
Lugar del congreso
Granada (Spain)
Revisores
Si
ISBN o ISSN
0000-0000
DOI
Fecha inicio congreso
16/09/2015
Fecha fin congreso
18/09/2015
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Participantes
  • Autor: Rosa Maria Benito Zafrilla (UPM)
  • Autor: Alfredo Morales Guzmán (UPM)
  • Autor: Juan Carlos Losada Gonzalez (UPM)
  • Autor: Francisco Javier Borondo Benito (UPM)
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  • Creador: Grupo de Investigación: Grupo de Sistemas Complejos
  • Departamento: Ingeniería Agroforestal
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