Turning Caregivers into Informed Agents as a Strategy to Disseminate Scientific Information About Cancer

  • Ali Ruiz CoronelEmail author
  • Fernando Ramirez Alatriste
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 921)


This paper reports on a case study at the National Cancer Institute (INCan), Mexico. Applied research in complex networks was conducted in order to tackle the problem of how to spread scientific information on cancer among economically and educationally disadvantaged social groups. The proposed model is based on a generalization of Axelrod’s Cultural Dissemination Model, with a bounded opinion formation, public authority model and a target culture. Informed agents were introduced in a social network in order to influence the culture in the network towards the scientific target culture, we analyze this dynamics within four different network topologies. We found that turning caregivers into informed agents is an actionable strategy highly dependent on the network’s topology. KEYWORDS: informed agents, information dissemination, applied complex networks, cancer.


Agent based model Complex network Culture dissemination 



ARC acknowledges support from the National Council on Science and Technology, through the Program Catedras Conacyt 479. FRA thanks the Centre for Complexity Science (C3), UNAM for hosting him as visiting researcher.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ali Ruiz Coronel
    • 1
    Email author
  • Fernando Ramirez Alatriste
    • 2
  1. 1.National Council on Science and Technology Assigned to the National Cancer InstituteMexico CityMexico
  2. 2.Department of Complexity ScienceAutonomous University of MexicoMexico CityMexico

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