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This tutorial has demonstrated several phenomena originally noted in "A Theory of Group Stability", by Kathleen Carley. The model attempts an explanation of why information in society moves the way that it does and why groups form the way that they do. As the original paper asserts, many of the observations seen here can also be observed in real world societies. If one accepts the fundamental assumptions of the model, the implications can range from national policy decisions involving minority relations, to corporate structure, deciding how to form work groups that will interact well and be stable. 

In addition, the model provides a framework that can be expanded to describe still more complicated interactions among agents.  Via simulation, for example, it's entirely feasible to explore why knowledge homogenization fails to occur by examining such parameters as sharing rates, willingness to learn rates, depreciation rates, topic distance, etc..

Readers who wish to develop their own Group Stability Societies, can do so by choosing "New Model" from the main console menu, and creating a new "Group Stability" Model Template.

Alternatively, the next topic presents a technical appendix for this tutorial.

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