A model where agents show discrete behavior regarding their actions, but have continuous opinions that are updated by interacting with other agents is presented. This new updating rule is applied to both the voter and Sznajd models for interaction between neighbors, and its consequences are discussed. The appearance of extremists is naturally observed and it seems to be a characteristic of this model.
International Journal of Modern Physics C
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- Dynamics of social systems;
- Self-organized systems;
- Social and economic systems;
- Physics - Physics and Society
- 10 pages, 4 figures, minor changes for improved clarity