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Optimal interdependence enhances robustness of complex systems

Singh, R. K.; Sinha, Sitabhra;
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  • Published: 23 Jan 2017
Abstract
While interdependent systems have usually been associated with increased fragility, we show that strengthening the interdependence between dynamical processes on different networks can make them more robust. By coupling the dynamics of networks that in isolation exhibit catastrophic collapse with extinction of nodal activity, we demonstrate system-wide persistence of activity for an optimal range of interdependence between the networks. This is related to the appearance of attractors of the global dynamics comprising disjoint sets ("islands") of stable activity.
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free text keywords: Nonlinear Sciences - Adaptation and Self-Organizing Systems, Condensed Matter - Statistical Mechanics, Quantitative Biology - Populations and Evolution
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