The Pursuit of Happiness: A Model of Group Formation

Andrea Scalco*, Andrea Ceschi, Riccardo Sartori

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We developed an agent-based model with the aim of investigating the effect of the interaction among several virtual actors characterized by (1) a certain level of emotional intelligence and (2) an individual behavioral proneness to act positively or negatively within social interactions. The goal of each agent is to achieve a satisfactory internal state, which is consequential to the positive/negative effects derived by the incurred social interactions. As a result, when the simulation run, we observe the spontaneous emergence of groups. Moreover, it could be easily noted that the large majority of the defectors are incapable to join to any group, and the few groups that accept defectors are not able to maintain more than one of this kind of actors. Finally, we studied the ratios between virtual actors when stable configurations are reached.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Social Simulation 2015
EditorsW Jager, R Verbrugge, A Flache, G DeRoo, L Hoogduin, C Hemelrijk
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer International Publishing AG
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-47253-9
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-47252-2
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event11th Annual Social Simulation Conference - Groningen, Netherlands
Duration: 14 Sep 201518 Sep 2015

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
ISSN (Print)2194-5357


Conference11th Annual Social Simulation Conference


  • Emotional intelligence
  • Agent-based model
  • Group formation

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Scalco, A., Ceschi, A., & Sartori, R. (2017). The Pursuit of Happiness: A Model of Group Formation. In W. Jager, R. Verbrugge, A. Flache, G. DeRoo, L. Hoogduin, & C. Hemelrijk (Eds.), Advances in Social Simulation 2015 (pp. 367-371). (Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing; Vol. 528). Springer International Publishing AG.