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Yes indeed this is challenging. Of course, there are studies of
strategic voting and manipulability in social choice (such as the
famous Gibbard–Satterthwaite theorem). However, although strategyproof
preference aggregation is increasingly relevant in the area of
artificial intelligence and computer science, ranking algorithms for
learning over graph data (social networks) are still under
development. --Moses

On Thu, Oct 3, 2013 at 5:57 AM, Valdis Krebs <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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> Looking at the current US government shutdown... it "appears" that a small group of far-right politicians (a minority in their own Republican Party) have sway over the rest of the party (many of whom do not want the shutdown), but out of fear(apparently) all Republicans are supporting/voting the minority view.
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> Can a smart sociologist explain what is going on?  Have any SNA studies been done on how a small minority(~10%) controls a majority in a bounded network? Any good papers on fear in networks?
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