Quality versus mere popularity: a conceptual map for understanding human behaviour

RA Bentley, MJ O'Brien, P Ormerod

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Abstract

We propose using a bi-axial map as a heuristic for categorizing different dynamics involved in the relationship between quality and popularity. The east–west axis represents the degree to which an agent’s decision is influenced by those of other agents. This ranges from the extreme western edge, where an agent learns individually (no outside influence), to the extreme eastern edge, where an agent is influenced by a large number of other agents. The vertical axis represents how easy or difficult it is for an agent to discern the relative quality of available choices. When a case study is located on the map, it becomes easier to select the range of tools to use for understanding and predicting the relation between quality and popularity.
Translated title of the contributionQuality versus mere popularity: a conceptual map for understanding human behaviour
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)181 - 191
Number of pages10
JournalMind and Society
Volume10
Early online date19 Aug 2011
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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