The Life of Concepts: An ABM of Conceptual Drift in Social Groups

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Based on the premise that conceptual agreement (i.e., feeling that we share an idea with others) is always inferential, we develop an ABM that models the conditions under which a concept will gain or loose strength in the minds of individuals. The ABM is based on simple assumptions, generally consistent with psychological and philosophical analyses on the subject. We assume that different members of a population have slightly different versions of one similar conceptualization, that inferred agreement may be true or illusory, and that a concept that promotes agreement (true or illusory) increases its strength. Our analyses (simulated experiments and probability models) test the influence of several variables on the fate of a concept (i.e., whether it strengthens or weakens in the minds of individuals), and support the conclusion that the most important parameters are the probabilities of true and illusory agreement afforded by the concept.

Idioma originalInglés
Título de la publicación alojadaAgents and Artificial Intelligence - Third International Conference, ICAART 2011, Revised Selected Papers
EditorialSpringer Verlag
Páginas271-286
Número de páginas16
ISBN (versión impresa)9783642299650
DOI
EstadoPublicada - 2013
Evento3rd International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence, ICAART 2011 - Rome, Italia
Duración: 28 ene. 201130 ene. 2011

Serie de la publicación

NombreCommunications in Computer and Information Science
Volumen271
ISSN (versión impresa)1865-0929

Conferencia

Conferencia3rd International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence, ICAART 2011
País/TerritorioItalia
CiudadRome
Período28/01/1130/01/11

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