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Paths to Polarization: How Extreme Views, Miscommunication, and Random Chance Drive Opinion Dynamics

Figure 10

Polarization resulting from FM model simulations under connected caveman and random long-range tie conditions, compared with polarization resulting from agents arbitrarily choosing a corner of opinion space at random. Monte Carlo simulations revealed that polarization goes as if agents simply pick a corner at random. Random long-range and connected caveman data points are averaged from 100 trials with iterations. Combinatorial condition data points are the average over 1000 trials and iterations. Standard deviation around combinatorial trial averages was less than .

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