A three-state dynamical model for religious affiliation

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In the last century the western world has seen a rapid increase in the number of people describing themselves as affiliated with no religious group. We construct a set of models using coupled differential equations in which members of a society can be in one of three groups; religiously committed, religiously affiliated or religiously not affiliated. These models are then used to analyse post World War II census data for Northern Ireland.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)145-152
Number of pages8
JournalPhysica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications
Early online date15 Oct 2014
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 1 Feb 2015


  • Religion
  • Group behaviour
  • Nonlinear models


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