Dealing with correlated choices: How a spin-glass model can help political parties select their policies Academic Article uri icon


  • Starting from preferences on N proposed policies obtained via questionnaires from a sample of the electorate, an Ising spin-glass model in a field can be constructed from which a political party could find the subset of the proposed policies which would maximize its appeal, form a coherent choice in the eyes of the electorate, and have maximum overlap with the party's existing policies. We illustrate the application of the procedure by simulations of a spin glass in a random field on scale-free networks.

author list (cited authors)

  • Moore, M. A., & Katzgraber, H. G.

complete list of authors

  • Moore, MA||Katzgraber, Helmut G

publication date

  • January 2014