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EpinetsThe Epistemic Structure and Dynamics of Social Networks$
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Mihnea Moldoveanu and Joel A.C. Baum

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780804777919

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804777919.001.0001

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Why We Need an Epistemic Model of Social Networks

Why We Need an Epistemic Model of Social Networks

(p.1) Chapter 1 Why We Need an Epistemic Model of Social Networks

Mihnea C. Moldoveanu

Joel A.C. Baum

Stanford University Press

Using examples and unstructured intuitions that highlight the importance of knowledge, beliefs, and mutual beliefs to the outcomes of social situations and interpersonal relations, this chapter argues for the usefulness of epistemic models of human interactions and networks. The notions of an epistemic state – a link between individuals and propositions they may know or believe – and an epistemic tie among individuals – a link connecting individuals’ epistemic states to one another, are introduced. The chapter shows how the structure of epistemic networks formed by such links are relevant to the dynamics of human interactions, and how the dynamics of these networks are critical elements of complex interpersonal narratives.

Keywords:   Social networks, epistemic game theory, epistemic states, epistemic ties, epistemic networks, epinets

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