Titlebar

Export bibliographic data
Literature by the same author
plus on the publication server
plus at Google Scholar

 

Optimal Opinion Control : The Campaign Problem

Title data

Hegselmann, Rainer ; König, Stefan ; Kurz, Sascha ; Niemann, Christoph ; Rambau, Jörg:
Optimal Opinion Control : The Campaign Problem.
Universität Bayreuth
Bayreuth , 2015 . - 47 p.

This is the latest version of this item.

Official URL: Volltext

Related URLs

Abstract in another language

Opinion dynamics is nowadays a very common field of research. In this article we formulate and then study a novel, namely strategic perspective on such dynamics: There are the usual normal agents that update their opinions, for instance according the well-known bounded confidence mechanism. But, additionally, there is at least one strategic agent. That agent uses opinions as freely selectable strategies to get control on the dynamics: The strategic agent of our benchmark problem tries, during a campaign of a certain length, to influence the ongoing dynamics among normal agents with strategically placed opinions (one per period) in such a way, that, by the end of the campaign, as much as possible normals end up with opinions in a certain interval of the opinion space. Structurally, such a problem is an optimal control problem. That type of problem is ubiquitous. Resorting to advanced and partly non-standard methods for computing optimal controls, we solve some instances of the campaign problem. But even for a very small number of normal agents, just one strategic agent, and a ten-period campaign length, the problem turns out to be extremely difficult. Explicitly we discuss moral and political concerns that immediately arise, if someone starts to analyze the possibilities of an optimal opinion control.

Further data

Item Type: Preprint, postprint, working paper, discussion paper
Keywords: Hegselmann-Krause model; opinion dynamics; optimal control; campaign problem; optimization
Institutions of the University: Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Mathematics, Physics und Computer Science
Faculties > Faculty of Mathematics, Physics und Computer Science > Department of Mathematics
Faculties > Faculty of Mathematics, Physics und Computer Science > Department of Mathematics > Chair Mathematics in Economy
Faculties > Faculty of Mathematics, Physics und Computer Science > Department of Mathematics > Chair Mathematics in Economy > Chair Mathematics in Economy - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Jörg Rambau
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Business Administration
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Business Administration > Chair Business Administration VII
Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies
Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies > Department of Philosophy > Professur Philosophie I
Research Institutions
Research Institutions > Research Centres
Research Institutions > Research Centres > Forschungszentrum für Modellbildung und Simulation (MODUS)
Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies > Department of Philosophy
Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies > Former Professors > Lehrstuhl Philosophie I - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Rainer Hegselmann
Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies > Former Professors
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 000 Computer Science, information, general works > 004 Computer science
100 Philosophy and psychology > 100 Philosophy
500 Science > 510 Mathematics
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2015 12:02
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2019 12:36
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/9242

Available Versions of this Item