Information Processes

An agent-based framework in NetLogo (one of most relevant simulation platforms) to simulate the diffusion process of a piece of misinformation according to a known compartmental model in which the fake news and its debunking compete in a social network.

Download the Diffusion model' (NetLogo v.6.1.1 file, 18 kB)

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The tool allows to set different values for the spreading rate of the news, the hoax credibility, the probability of fact-checking and the forgetting rate of the agents. Moreover, it is possible to run the process over any given network. Since NetLogo is free and open source, the current model can be easily used and/or personalised by other researchers to explore different scenarios of fake news spreading.


Paper file pdf Sulis, E., Tambuscio, M. (2020). Simulation of misinformation spreading processes in social networks: an application with NetLogo. In 2020 IEEE International Conference on Data Science and Advanced Analytics (DSAA), IEEE.
Paper file pdf Tambuscio, M., & Ruffo, G. (2019). Fact-checking strategies to limit urban legends spreading in a segregated society. Applied Network Science, 4(1), 116.
Paper file pdf Tambuscio, M., Ruffo, G., Flammini, A., & Menczer, F. Fact-checking effect on viral hoaxes: A model of misinformation spread in social networks. In Proc. of the 24th international conference on World Wide Web (pp. 977-982).