Trust and distrust in contradictory information transmission

Primiero, Giuseppe, Raimondi, Franco ORCID logoORCID:, Bottone, Michele ORCID logoORCID: and Tagliabue, Jacopo (2017) Trust and distrust in contradictory information transmission. Applied Network Science, 2 (1) . ISSN 2364-8228 [Article] (doi:10.1007/s41109-017-0029-0)

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We analyse the problem of contradictory information distribution in networks of agents with positive and negative trust. The networks of interest are built by ranked agents with different epistemic attitudes. In this context, positive trust is a property of the communication between agents required when message passing is executed bottom-up in the hierarchy, or as a result of a sceptic agent checking information. These two situations are associated with a confirmation procedure that has an epistemic cost. Negative trust results from refusing verification, either of contradictory information or because of a lazy attitude. We offer first a natural deduction system called SecureNDsim to model these interactions and consider some meta-theoretical properties of its derivations. We then implement it in a NetLogo simulation to test experimentally its formal properties. Our analysis concerns in particular: conditions for consensus-reaching transmissions; epistemic costs induced by confirmation and rejection operations; the influence of ranking of the initially labelled nodes on consensus and costs; complexity results.

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Additional Information: Article number = 12
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Computer Science > Foundations of Computing group
Item ID: 21919
Notes on copyright: The Author(s). 2017 Open Access This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0
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Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2017 14:16
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