# CODA opinion dynamics of science

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## WHAT IS IT?

A 'continuous opinions, discrete actions' (CODA) model of scientific opinion dynamics, based on the work of A.C.R. Martins (2010).

## HOW IT WORKS

Agents have one of two beliefs - which can be interpreted as accepting or rejecting a scientific hypothesis P. Those beliefs can be strongly or weakly held - this is a Bayesian model of belief. Agents can observe nature, and can observe their neighbours' beliefs. These observations allow agents to update their own probability estimate of the true state of nature. In addition to this, agents may 'retire' and be replaced by new agents with new beliefs. Finally, agents may be able to observe their neighbours' last observations of nature - a possibility that represents the 'open science' practice of sharing data and other resources.

## HOW TO USE IT

The 'startingtruthprob' slider determines the probability that any given agent will accept the hypothesis P on setup.

The 'startingopinionweight' slider determines the weight that any given agent is likely to place on their initial belief.

The 'newagenttruthprob' slider determines the probability that any new agent, replacing a retiring agent, will accept the hypothesis P. New agents are assumed to hold their beliefs only weakly.

The 'retireprob' slider determines the probability that any given agent will retire and be replaced by a new agent in each round of play.

The 'experimentprob' slider determines the probability that an agent will carry out an observation of nature in any given round of play.

The 'observationaccuracy' slider determines the probability that an observation of nature will be accurate.

The 'openscienceprob' slider determines the probability in any given round of play that an agent will observe the result of a neighbour's most recent observation of nature.

The 'plot1' graph shows the changing ratio of agents with true and false beliefs.

## CREDITS AND REFERENCES

Model by Duncan Law. A more detailed discussion of the model can be found in Law, D. (2019) 'The reputational economics of open inputs science', Ph.D.

This NetLogo code is adapted from Wilensky, U. (1998). NetLogo Voting model. http://ccl.northwestern.edu/netlogo/models/Voting. Center for Connected Learning and Computer-Based Modeling, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.

The model is an extension of the CODA model of scientific opinion dynamics described in:

Martins, ACR (2010). 'Modeling scientific agents for a better science'. In: Advances in Complex Systems 13.4, pp. 519-533.

## COPYRIGHT AND LICENSE

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## Comments and Questions

patches-own [ vote ;; my vote (0 or 1) observation ;; last observation of nature likelihood ;; assessment of the likelihood of a proposition being true ] to setup clear-all resize-world -24 25 -24 25 ask patches [ generateinitialagent ] reset-ticks end to go ask patches [ if random-float 1 < retireprob [ generateagent ] ifelse random-float 1 < experimentprob [ conductexperiment ] [ learnfromneighbor ] ifelse likelihood > 0 [ set vote 1 ] [ set vote -1 ] recolor-patch ] if ticks = 1000 [ stop ] tick end to conductexperiment ifelse random-float 1 < observationaccuracy [ set observation 1 ] [ set observation ( -1 ) ] set likelihood ( likelihood + observation ) end to learnfromneighbor ifelse random-float 1 < openscienceprob [ set likelihood ( likelihood + ( [observation] of one-of neighbors ) ) ] [ set likelihood ( likelihood + ( [vote] of one-of neighbors ) ) ] end to generateinitialagent ; set likelihood ( 0 - random-float 100 ) set likelihood ( ( startingtruthprob - ( random-float 1 ) ) * startingopinionweight ) ifelse likelihood > 0 [ set vote 1 ] [ set vote -1 ] recolor-patch end to generateagent ; set likelihood ( 0 - random-float 100 ) set likelihood ( newagenttruthprob - ( random-float 1 ) ) ifelse likelihood > 0 [ set vote 1 ] [ set vote -1 ] recolor-patch end to recolor-patch ;; patch procedure ifelse vote = 1 [ set pcolor black ] [ set pcolor white ] end to writetofile ask patches [ file-write likelihood file-print "," ] end ; Law, D. (2017). CODA model of open inputs science. ; Model derived from: ; Martins, A. C. R. (2008). ; Continuous opinions and discrete actions in opinion dynamics problems. ; International Journal of Modern Physics C, 19(04), 617-624. ; Code adapted from: ; Wilensky, U. (1998). NetLogo Voting model. ; http://ccl.northwestern.edu/netlogo/models/Voting. ; Center for Connected Learning and Computer-Based Modeling, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.

There is only one version of this model, created about 4 years ago by Duncan Law.

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