Stability and fracture of social groups

Abstract In this paper, we present a mathematical model for the mutation of social groups. Group mutability has been studied in multiple domains, with insights generated on significant factors at differing scales. Mathematical modeling enables the simultaneous study of such phenomena, understanding interactions and generating hypotheses for experiments. In particular, we focus on group fracture, where individuals leave groups of which they are members. For example, this can be due to perceived differences with other group members due to norm related conflict (such as extreme actions by some members). Our aim is to consider simple mathematical models incorporating a selection of social and psychological theory which describes these phenomena as a way to understand their interplay, and describe the trade-offs and challenges.
  • Soheil Eshghi (Yale)
  • Grace-Rose Williams (Dstl)
  • Gualtiero Colombo (Cardiff)
  • Liam Turner (Cardiff)
  • David Rand (Yale)
  • Roger Whitaker (Cardiff)
  • Leandros Tassiulas (Yale)
Date Oct-2017
Venue 55th Annual Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing (2017)