This paper establishes the global well-posedness of the nonlinear Fokker–Planck equation for a noisy version of the Hegselmann–Krause model. The equation captures the mean-field behavior of a classic multiagent system for opinion dynamics. We prove the global existence, uniqueness, nonnegativity and regularity of the weak solution. We also exhibit a global stability condition, which delineates a forbidden region for consensus formation. This is the first nonlinear stability result derived for the Hegselmann–Krause model.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Applied Mathematics
- Global stability
- Hegselmann–Krause model
- Nonlinear Fokker–Planck equation