Modeling social dynamics in a collaborative environment

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A1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä
Date
2014
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Language
en
Pages
20
1-20
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EPJ DATA SCIENCE, Volume 3, issue 7
Abstract
Wikipedia is a prime example of today’s value production in a collaborative environment. Using this example, we model the emergence, persistence and resolution of severe conflicts during collaboration by coupling opinion formation with article editing in a bounded confidence dynamics. The complex social behavior involved in editing articles is implemented as a minimal model with two basic elements; (i) individuals interact directly to share information and convince each other, and (ii) they edit a common medium to establish their own opinions. Opinions of the editors and that represented by the article are characterised by a scalar variable. When the pool of editors is fixed, three regimes can be distinguished: (a) a stable mainstream article opinion is continuously contested by editors with extremist views and there is slow convergence towards consensus, (b) the article oscillates between editors with extremist views, reaching consensus relatively fast at one of the extremes, and (c) the extremist editors are converted very fast to the mainstream opinion and the article has an erratic evolution. When editors are renewed with a certain rate, a dynamical transition occurs between different kinds of edit wars, which qualitatively reflect the dynamics of conflicts as observed in real Wikipedia data.
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Bounded confidence, Mass-collaboration, Mathematical modeling, Opinion dynamics, Peer-production, Social conflict, Social dynamics, Wikipedia
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Iniguez Gonzalez , G , Török , J , Yasseri , T , Kaski , K & Kertész , J 2014 , ' Modeling social dynamics in a collaborative environment ' , EPJ Data Science , vol. 3 , no. 7 , pp. 1-20 . https://doi.org/10.1140/epjds/s13688-014-0007-z