CSS SEMINAR - Andre Lhuillier

Friday, May 2, 3:00 p.m.
Center for Social Complexity Suite
Research Hall, Third Floor

Conceptual Agreement and Group Dynamics

Andre Lhuillier, PhD Student
Department of Computational Social Science
George Mason University

ABSTRACT: How a concept is defined varies between different people, especially when we refer to abstract notions such as liberty, love or a specific political party. Personal concept meanings are biased by limited interactions and communication with others. The following work presents a probabilistic model of conceptual agreement within a group. The model attempts to recreate how concepts’ saliences evolve in a population and the effects this has in social structures.