Maseeh Mathematics & Statistics Colloquium: Dr. J.J.P. Veerman
Friday, May 25, 2018 - 3:15pm
The Maseeh Mathematics and Statistics Colloquium Series*

J.J.P. Veerman, Ph.D.
Portland State University


Social balance and the Bernoulli equation  

Since the 1940s there has been an interest in the question of why social networks often give rise to two antagonistic factions. Recently a dynamical model of how and why such a balance might occur was developed. This talk provides an introduction to the notion of social balance and a new (and simplified) analysis of that model. This new analysis allows us to choose general initial conditions, as opposed to the symmetric ones previously considered. We show that for general initial conditions, four factions will evolve instead of two. We characterize the four factions, and give an idea of their relative sizes.

Friday, May 25, 2018 at 3:15pm
Urban Center room 304
(Refreshments served at 2:45PM in same room)

* Sponsored by the Maseeh Mathematics and Statistics Colloquium Series Fund and the Fariborz Maseeh Department of Mathematics & Statistics, PSU. This event is free and open to the public.