Majority Dynamics and the Retention of Information

Omer Tamuz, Ran J. Tessler

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We consider a group of agents connected by a social network who participate in majority dynamics: each agent starts with an opinion in {−1, +1} and repeatedly updates it to match the opinion of the majority of its neighbors.

We assume that one of {−1, +1} is the “correct” opinion S, and consider a setting in which the initial opinions are independent conditioned on S, and biased towards it. They hence contain enough information to reconstruct S with high probability. We ask whether it is still possible to reconstruct S from the agents’ opinions after many rounds of updates.

Our proof technique yields novel combinatorial results on majority dynamics on both finite and infinite graphs, with applications to zero temperature Ising models.

While this is not the case in general, we show that indeed, for a large family of bounded degree graphs, information on S is retained by the process of majority dynamics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)483-507
Number of pages25
JournalIsrael Journal of Mathematics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2015
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Mathematics


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