Balkanization in a Probabilistic Model

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What if agents desire diversity?

The previous discussion was contingent on the assumption that agents will prefer to connect to a similar agent over a different agent under all circumstances. We can instead suppose that agents desire a mixture of partners. Perhaps agents enjoy some randomness in the partners that they connect to.

With this in mind, we now introduce an element of chance into agent connections. We suppose that agents select their partners probabilistically, but that potential partners of the same type are weighted differently than potential partners of a different type. For example, an agent of the same type might be twice as attractive and likely a partner as an agent of a different type.

We begin an investigation of this scenario on the next slide.

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