Ising, Schelling and self-organising segregation
Racah Institute of Physics, Hebrew University, 91904 Jerusalem, Israel
Revised: 5 June 2007
Published online: 27 June 2007
The similarities between phase separation in physics and residential segregation by preference in the Schelling model of 1971 are reviewed. Also, new computer simulations of asymmetric interactions different from the usual Ising model are presented, showing spontaneous magnetisation (=self-organising segregation) and in one case a sharp phase transition.
PACS: 05.50.+q – Lattice theory and statistics (Ising, Potts, etc.) / 89.65.-s – Social and economic systems / 89.75.-K – Complex systems
© EDP Sciences, Società Italiana di Fisica, Springer-Verlag, 2007