Analyzing Radicalism Spread Using Agent-Based Social Simulation

  • Tasio Méndez
  • J. Fernando Sánchez-Rada
  • Carlos A. IglesiasEmail author
  • Paul Cummings
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11375)


This work presents an agent-based model of radicalization growth based on social theories. The model aims at improving the understanding of the influence of social links on radicalism spread. The model consists of two main entities, a Network Model and an Agent Model. The Network Model updates the agent relationships based on proximity and homophily; it simulates information diffusion and updates the agents’ beliefs. The model has been evaluated and implemented in Python with the agent-based social simulator Soil. In addition, it has been evaluated through sensitivity analysis.


Radicalization Terrorism Agent-based social simulation 



This work is supported by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness under the R&D projects SEMOLA (TEC2015-68284-R), by the Regional Government of Madrid through the project MOSI-AGIL-CM (grant P2013/ICE-3019, co-funded by EU Structural Funds FSE and FEDER); by the European Union through the project Trivalent (Grant Agreement no: 740934) and by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport through the mobility research stay grant PRX17/00417.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tasio Méndez
    • 1
  • J. Fernando Sánchez-Rada
    • 1
  • Carlos A. Iglesias
    • 1
    Email author
  • Paul Cummings
    • 2
  1. 1.Intelligent Systems GroupUniversidad Politécnica de MadridMadridSpain
  2. 2.Krasnow InstituteGMU Computational SocialFairfaxUSA

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