social influence

Publication date: 
08/2018
Authors: 
Ethan Bernstein
Jesse Shore
David Lazer

People influence each other when they interact to solve problems. Such social influence introduces both benefits (higher average solution quality due to exploitation of existing answers through social learning) and costs (lower maximum solution quality due to a reduction in individual exploration for novel answers) relative to independent problem solving.

Keywords: 
collective intelligence
social influence
social networks
Publication date: 
08/2010
Authors: 
David Lazer
Brian Rubineau
Carol Chetkovich
Nancy Katz
Michael Neblo

How do attitudes and social affiliations coevolve? A long stream of research has focused on the relationship between attitudes and social affiliations. However, in most of this research the causal relationship between views and affiliations is difficult to discern definitively: Do people influence each other's views so that they converge over time or do they primarily affiliate (by choice or happenstance) with those of similar views?

Keywords: 
social network
social influence
homophily
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