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Social Balance Theory: Revisiting Heider’s Balance Theory for many agents

By Mr Hokky Situngkir and Mr Deni Khanafiah


We construct a model based on Heider’s social balance theory to analyze the interpersonal network among social agents. The model of social balance theory provides us an interesting tool to see how a social group evolves to the possible balance state. We introduce the balance index that can be used to measure social balance in macro structure level (global balance index) or in micro structure (local balance index) to see how the local balance index influences the global balance structure. Several experiments are done and we discover how the social group can form separation of subgroups in a group or strengthening a social group while emphasizing the structure theorem and social mitosis previously introduced

Topics: Psychobiology, Dynamical Systems, Developmental Psychology, Applied Cognitive Psychology, Complexity Theory, Psychophysics, Comparative Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Economics, Behavioral Analysis, Social Psychology, Behavioral Analysis
Year: 2004
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