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Accession Number N20130008683
Title Model of Rapid Radicalization Behavior Using Agent-Based Modeling and Quorum Sensing.
Publication Date Mar 2012
Media Count 8p
Personal Author K. Campbell N. Drucker N. Schwartz
Abstract Understanding the dynamics of radicalization, especially rapid radicalization, has become increasingly important to US policy in the past several years. Traditionally, radicalization is considered a slow process, but recent social and political events demonstrate that the process can occur quickly. Examining this rapid process, in real time, is impossible. However, recreating an event using modeling and simulation (MS) allows researchers to study some of the complex dynamics associated with rapid radicalization. We propose to adapt the biological mechanism of quorum sensing as a tool to explore, or possibly explain, rapid radicalization. Due to the complex nature of quorum sensing, MS allows us to examine events that we could not otherwise examine in real time. For this study, we employ Agent Based Modeling (ABM), an MS paradigm suited to modeling group behavior. The result of this study was the successful creation of rapid radicalization using quorum sensing. The Battle of Mogadishu was the inspiration for this model and provided the testing conditions used to explore quorum sensing and the ideas behind rapid radicalization. The final product has wider applicability however, using quorum sensing as a possible tool for examining other catalytic rapid radicalization events.
Keywords Detection
Group dynamics
Real time operation

Source Agency National Aeronautics and Space Administration
NTIS Subject Category 72 - Mathematical Sciences
Corporate Author National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Hampton, VA. Langley Research Center.
Document Type Conference proceedings
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1318
Contract Number N/A

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