Stability and Success of Emergent Social Structures in Dynamically Self-Organizing Populations

Nina Fefferman
Rutgers University

Individuals in social groups in the natural world are under intense selective pressure to achieve both successful and stable social organizations. We'll describe some agent-based simulation results demonstrating how very simple, selfish, individual dynamic social affiliation choices can lead to increasing complexity in social structure.
We'll also discuss trade-offs between individual- and group-level successes within these systems. Further, we'll explore how some of these different affiliation preferences can impact the robustness of the emergent society to spread dynamics of either information or infection.

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