Kinetic Description of Social Dynamics: From Consensus to Flocking
On the dynamics of social conflicts: welfare analysis looking for the Black Swan
Politecnico di Torino
This lecture deals with the modeling of social competition, including extreme conflicts ,
with the aim of investigating how individual behaviors  can lead to unpredictable events at
a collective level known as Black Swans . The modeling focuses on the interplay between
the competition for the welfare distribution and the support/opposition to the government.
It is shown how the interplay between these two dynamics can generate extreme events.
The mathematical method used for pursuing such an analysis is the kinetic theory for active
particles, where nonlinear interactions among subjects are modeled by stochastic games .
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