Pluralistic ignorance: Emergence and hypotheses testing in a multi-agent system

Fatima B. Seeme, David Green

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    Pluralistic ignorance (PI) is a common phenomenon, observed in many social settings. It occurs when the majority of a group become non-believer conformist, but mistakenly perceive others to be true conformist. PI takes many forms and leads to a wide variety of social problems, from binge drinking to repressive political regimes and ideologies. Although discussed extensively in the literature, the nature of the problem makes experimental study impractical and it has been virtually ignored in modeling and simulation studies. In this study, we present a simulation model of conditions that lead to PI in social networks. We use it to show that PI can emerge from interpersonal interactions and to confirm some well-known hypotheses about PI.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationInternational Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN 2016)
    Subtitle of host publication24 - 29 July 2016, Vancouver, Canada
    PublisherIEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
    Number of pages6
    ISBN (Electronic)9781509006199
    ISBN (Print)9781509006212
    Publication statusPublished - 31 Oct 2016
    EventIEEE International Joint Conference on Neural Networks 2016 - Vancouver, Canada
    Duration: 24 Jul 201629 Jul 2016 (Proceedings)


    ConferenceIEEE International Joint Conference on Neural Networks 2016
    Abbreviated titleIJCNN 2016
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