What is the importance of social interaction in radicalisation?

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Ernst Wit



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Radicalization can be defined as a process whereby an individual or a group takes on increasingly extremist views. These views never appear in a vacuum and are often the result of and modified by social interaction. Therefore, one way to study radicalization is by viewing at it from the perspective of temporal network models.

These mathematical models help us to understand how natural social tendencies such as reciprocity and triadic closure allow radical groups to groom susceptible individuals into different ideological space. However, these insights can be helpful in preventing radicalization.

Researcher Profile

COSTNET is a European COST collaboration of more than 500 statisticians and other quantitative scientists from 34 countries on the development of novel inference methods for network data science. It is lead by Prof. Ernst Wit (USI/RuG) and the core management team involving Gesine Reinert (Oxford), Goeran Kauermann (LMU, Munich), Veronica Vinciotti (Trento), Claire Gormley (UCD, Dublin), Clelia di Serio (UniSR, Milano), Steffen Lauritzen (Copenhagen), Anuska Ferligoj and Vladimir Batagelj (Ljubljana), Arnoldo Frigessi (Oslo).

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