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Dynamical and bursty interactions in social networks

Juliette Stehlé, Centre de Physique Théoretique, France
Alain Barrat, Centre de Physique Théoretique, France; Institute for Scientific Interchange, Italy
Ginestra Bianconi, Northeastern University

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Originally posted at Preprint of an article published in Physical Review E, v.81 no.3, 2010.


We present a modeling framework for dynamical and bursty contact networks made of agents in social interaction. We consider agents' behavior at short time scales, in which the contact network is formed by disconnected cliques of different sizes. At each time a random agent can make a transition from being isolated to being part of a group, or vice-versa. Different distributions of contact times and inter-contact times between individuals are obtained by considering transition probabilities with memory effects, i.e. the transition probabilities for each agent depend both on its state (isolated or interacting) and on the time elapsed since the last change of state. The model lends itself to analytical and numerical investigations. The modeling framework can be easily extended, and paves the way for systematic investigations of dynamical processes occurring on rapidly evolving dynamical networks, such as the propagation of an information, or spreading of diseases.

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Juliette Stehlé, Alain Barrat, and Ginestra Bianconi. "Dynamical and bursty interactions in social networks" Physics Faculty Publications (2010).
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