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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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An Epistemic Description Language for Social Interactions and Networks

An Epistemic Description Language for Social Interactions and Networks

(p.19) Chapter 2 An Epistemic Description Language for Social Interactions and Networks

Mihnea C. Moldoveanu

Joel A.C. Baum

Stanford University Press

This chapter introduces a modeling language for representing the epistemic states of networked human agents at both the individual and collective levels. The new ‘epistemic description language’, or ‘EDL’, has a graphical component and a syntactical component. The language is used to articulate the relationships between individuals and their beliefs as elementary blocks of interactive epistemic networks. The chapter shows how epinets can be used to capture causally relevant states of social networks, and argue for the compilation of an epistemic description language for social interactions and networks.

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

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