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Research Article

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

Figure 14

Exemplar spatiotemporal dynamics of agent opinion coordinates with and for . There are three regimes. In the first, without noise, every simulation ends in centrist consensus (top row). In the presence of noise with , agents find extremist consensus; in this trial, agents found consensus around the point . The third regime is the high polarization regime at the highest level of communication noise we tested, . In this regime, agents split into opposing camps, led by first-mover extremists.

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