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Chazelle, Bernard ; Karntikoon, Kritkorn

A Connectivity-Sensitive Approach to Consensus Dynamics

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The paper resolves a long-standing open question in network dynamics. Averaging-based consensus has long been known to exhibit an exponential gap in relaxation time between the connected and disconnected cases, but a satisfactory explanation has remained elusive. We provide one by deriving nearly tight bounds on the s-energy of disconnected systems. This in turn allows us to relate the convergence rate of consensus dynamics to the number of connected components. We apply our results to opinion formation in social networks and provide a theoretical validation of the concept of an Overton window as an attracting manifold of "viable" opinions.

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  author =	{Chazelle, Bernard and Karntikoon, Kritkorn},
  title =	{{A Connectivity-Sensitive Approach to Consensus Dynamics}},
  booktitle =	{2nd Symposium on Algorithmic Foundations of Dynamic Networks (SAND 2023)},
  pages =	{10:1--10:17},
  series =	{Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)},
  ISBN =	{978-3-95977-275-4},
  ISSN =	{1868-8969},
  year =	{2023},
  volume =	{257},
  editor =	{Doty, David and Spirakis, Paul},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-179464},
  doi =		{10.4230/LIPIcs.SAND.2023.10},
  annote =	{Keywords: s-energy, dynamic networks, relaxation time, multiagent systems}

Keywords: s-energy, dynamic networks, relaxation time, multiagent systems
Collection: 2nd Symposium on Algorithmic Foundations of Dynamic Networks (SAND 2023)
Issue Date: 2023
Date of publication: 12.06.2023

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