An Agent Model for a Human’s Social Support Network Tie Preference During Depression

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

Abstract

Seeking support from their environment is important for people suffering from a depression. People usually have different social networks to which they are attached with different ties. In this paper, a computational model is presented that describes the selection of network members for seeking support based on the strength of the tie to people in the network and personal characteristics. The model has been implemented in a simulation environment. Simulations of different scenarios show that specific personality traits and environmental settings indeed lead to a pattern of social disengagement or a preference for strong or weak tie support. A mathematical analysis proofs that such equilibria are indeed a consequence of the model. © 2009 IEEE.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 9th IEEE/WIC/ACM International Conference on Intelligent Agent Technology, IAT'09
EditorsR. Baeza-Yates, J. Lang, S. Mitra, S. Parsons, G. Pasi
PublisherIEEE Computer Society Press
Pages301-306
Number of pages6
Volume2
ISBN (Print)9780769538013
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Event2009 IEE/WIC/ACM International Conference on Web Intelligence and Intelligent Agent Technology, WI-IAT 2009 - Milano, Italy
Duration: 15 Sep 200918 Sep 2009

Conference

Conference2009 IEE/WIC/ACM International Conference on Web Intelligence and Intelligent Agent Technology, WI-IAT 2009
CountryItaly
CityMilano
Period15/09/0918/09/09

Keywords

  • Depression
  • Simulation model
  • Social support networks preference

Cite this