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Accession Number N20130008662
Title Understanding Group/Party Affiliation Using Social Networks and Agent-Based Modeling.
Publication Date Mar 2012
Media Count 6p
Personal Author K. Campbell
Abstract The dynamics of group affiliation and group dispersion is a concept that is most often studied in order for political candidates to better understand the most efficient way to conduct their campaigns. While political campaigning in the United States is a very hot topic that most politicians analyze and study, the concept of group/party affiliation presents its own area of study that producers very interesting results. One tool for examining party affiliation on a large scale is agent-based modeling (ABM), a paradigm in the modeling and simulation (M&S) field perfectly suited for aggregating individual behaviors to observe large swaths of a population. For this study agent based modeling was used in order to look at a community of agents and determine what factors can affect the group/party affiliation patterns that are present. In the agent-based model that was used for this experiment many factors were present but two main factors were used to determine the results. The results of this study show that it is possible to use agent-based modeling to explore group/party affiliation and construct a model that can mimic real world events. More importantly, the model in the study allows for the results found in a smaller community to be translated into larger experiments to determine if the results will remain present on a much larger scale.
Keywords Demography
Group dynamics

Source Agency National Aeronautics and Space Administration
NTIS Subject Category 72 - Mathematical Sciences
92C - Social Concerns
Corporate Author Old Dominion Univ., Norfolk, VA.
Document Type Conference proceedings
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1318
Contract Number N/A

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