Balkanization in a Probabilistic Model

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Diversity-Seeking Agents Tend To Lower Balkanization

In the following experiment, we hold access constant at universal access and vary the agent preference parameter described on the previous slide. As before, we suppose agents have three channels to connect to other agents with. For the graph below, each data point is collected from a sample of 200 societies:

The graph is clearly increasing. This means that under full access, increasing agent preference for diversity (i.e. decreasing the preference parameter) tends to decrease Balkanization. This result in itself may not seem particularly surprising. Agents who seek out different types of agents gain access to a larger variety of knowledge.

The next question we want to ask is what effect changing access has in this modified scenario. Does increasing access still increase Balkanization? We investigate this question starting on the next slide.

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