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Analysis of Schelling segregation models.

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MSc in Computer Science

Abstract

In Schelling's model of strategic segergation, agents are placed on a highly regular graph (such as a line of a grid), and each agent belongs to one of k types. Agents have a preference towards being surrounded by agents who belong to their own type, and may change locations if they are not happy at their current location (by moving to an empty location or swapping with another discontent agent). Many variants of this basic model have been considered over the years. The goal of this project is to investigate, theoretically and empirically, the degree of diversity of stable outcomes in Schelling's model, as well as to explore novel variants of the model where agents's preferences may evolve over time.