Simulating opinion dynamics in land use planning

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During a process of spatial planning multiple actors meet in a decision making process trying to satisfy as much as possible their individual desires and goals. Diffusion of opinions is considered an important factor in this process. A behavioural approach that represent the diffusion and distribution of opinions are absent in most spatial ABMs. This research presents a novel approach to simulating spatial opinions dynamics based on an agent based implementation of the Deffuant Weisbuch model. The model explicitly deals with spatial heterogeneity in opinions as well as heterogeneity in the willingness of agents to adapt their opinions. The model is demonstrated for a hypothetical spatial allocation problem in a study area in the south-east of the Netherlands. Three different scenarios representing different levels of willingness to cooperate within the population of agents are worked out. The results showed that explicit spatial opinion patterns can be simulated which are in line with what would be expected from the scenarios.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Social Simulation - Proceedings of the 9th Conference of the European Social Simulation Association
EditorsB. Kaminski, G. Koloch
Place of PublicationHeidelberg
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing


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