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Skip to 0 minutes and 2 secondsIn this video tutorial, I will show you how to load the Axelrod model into McGlobal Web and how this model shows that more options can actually lead to less diversity. We open McGlobal Web. And then we upload a custom model, which is on a hard drive and in this case in a desktop-- the dissemination of culture model by Axelrod. As you can see, McGlobal Web loads this just fine. Then press set up. Now this is a more complicated model. And if you want to find out more about how it works, you can check out new model info. Also importantly, do speed up the process, otherwise it takes very long. And let's run it.

Skip to 0 minutes and 51 secondsAll right. As you can see, a few regions of cultures emerge and [INAUDIBLE]. Now we increase the number of features. Set it up and press Go. And what we see now is that by influencing each other, cultural regions are disappearing until in the end only one cultural region remains as a consequence of us increasing the number of features. Now to really understand this, I recommend you try this out yourself in McGlobal Web.

Working with the opinion formation model in Netlogo

Let’s explore the opinion formation model in Netlogo.

  • Download either the .zip file containing the Netlogo file at the bottom of this step or the model by right clicking this Dropbox link and pressing save as.
  • Or Unzip this file on your computer to extract the model file (‘Dissemination of Culture.nlogo’) and save it wherever you like on your computer.
  • Watch this video tutorial which will explain how you can open and work with this custom model in Netlogo web.

Alternatively, watch this tutorial, which explains how to open the model in the Desktop version of Netlogo.

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Decision Making in a Complex and Uncertain World

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