Publication Date



Technical Report: UTEP-CS-20-36

To appear in: Martine Ceberio and Vladik Kreinovich (eds.), How Uncertainty-Related Ideas Can Provide Theoretical Explanation for Empirical Dependencies, Springer, Cham, Switzerland.


One of the big problems of the US political life is the echo chamber effect -- in spite of the abundance of materials on the web, many people only read materials confirming their own opinions. The resulting polarization often deadlocks the political situation and prevents politicians from reaching compromises needed to make needed changes. In this paper, we show, on a simplified model, that the echo chamber effect can be decreased if we simply replace the currently prevalent binary (yes-no) Like button on webpages with a more gradual ("fuzzy") one -- a button that will capture the relative degree of likeness.