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Emergence of Frontiers in Networked Schelling Segregationist Models

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JournalComplex Systems
DatePublished - 2013
Issue number1
Number of pages24
Pages (from-to)35-58
Original languageEnglish


The relation between individuality and aggregation is an important
topic in complex systems sciences, both aspects being facets of emergence. This topic has frequently been addressed by adopting a classical,
individual versus population level perspective. Here, however, the frontiers that emerge in segregated communities are the focus; segregation is
synonymous with the existence of frontiers that delineate and interface
aggregates. A generic agent-based model is defined, with which we simulate communities located on grid and scale-free networked environments. Emerging frontiers are analyzed in terms of their relative occupancy, porosity, and permeability. Results emphasize that the frontier is
highly sensitive to the topology of the environment, not only to the
agent tolerance. These relations are clarified while addressing the topics
of frontier robustness and the trade-off between its capacity to separate
and allow exchange.

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