Philosophy of Science 84 (1):115-159 (2017)

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Patrick Grim
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Daniel J. Singer
University of Pennsylvania
William J. Berger
University of Pennsylvania
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Abstract
Polarization is a topic of intense interest among social scientists, but there is significant disagreement regarding the character of the phenomenon and little understanding of underlying mechanics. A first problem, we argue, is that polarization appears in the literature as not one concept but many. In the first part of the article, we distinguish nine phenomena that may be considered polarization, with suggestions of appropriate measures for each. In the second part of the article, we apply this analysis to evaluate the types of polarization generated by the three major families of computational models proposing specific mechanisms of opinion polarization.
Keywords polarization  networks  belief dynamics  opinion  models  metrics
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DOI 10.1086/688938
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