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We introduce a numerical method to solve epidemic models on the underlying topology of complex networks. The approach exploits the mean-field-like rate equations describing the system and allows us to work with very large system sizes, where Monte Carlo simulations are useless due to memory needs. We then study the susceptible-infected-removed… (More)

We derive the mean-field equations characterizing the dynamics of a rumor process that takes place on top of complex heterogeneous networks. These equations are solved numerically by means of a stochastic approach. First, we present analytical and Monte Carlo calculations for homogeneous networks and compare the results with those obtained by the numerical… (More)

– In this work, we study the synchronization of coupled phase oscillators on the underlying topology of scale-free networks. In particular, we assume that each network's component is an oscillator and that each interacts with the others following the Kuramoto model. We then study the onset of global phase synchronization and fully characterize the system's… (More)

– The instability introduced in a large scale-free network by the triggering of node-breaking avalanches is analyzed using the fiber-bundle model as conceptual framework. We found, by measuring the size of the giant component, the avalanche size distribution and other quantities, the existence of an abrupt transition. This test of strength for complex… (More)

Using error diagrams, we quantify the forecasting of characteristic-earthquake occurrence in a recently introduced minimalist model. Initially we connect the earthquake alarm at a fixed time after the ocurrence of a characteristic event. The evaluation of this strategy leads to a one-dimensional numerical exploration of the loss function. This first… (More)

We study the phase synchronization of Kuramoto's oscillators in small parts of networks known as motifs. We first report on the system dynamics for the case of a scale-free network and show the existence of a non-trivial critical point. We compute the probability that network motifs synchronize, and find that the fitness for synchronization correlates well… (More)

A network with local dynamics of logistic type is considered. We implement a mean-field multiplicative coupling among first-neighbor nodes. When the coupling parameter is small the dynamics is dissipated and there is no activity: the network is turned off. For a critical value of the coupling a non-null stable synchronized state, which represents a turned… (More)

Using the global fiber bundle model as a tractable scheme of progressive fracture in heterogeneous materials, we define the branching ratio in avalanches as a suitable order parameter to clarify the order of the phase transition occurring at the collapse of the system. The model is analyzed using a probabilistic approach suited to smooth fluctuations. The… (More)

A network with a logistic-like local dynamics is considered. We implement a mean-field multiplicative coupling among first-neighbor nodes. When the coupling parameter is small, the dynamics is dissipated and there is no activity: the network is turned off. For a critical value of the coupling, a non-null stable synchronized state, which represents a turned… (More)

The recently introduced Minimalist Model [Vázquez-Prada et al, 2002] of characteristic earthquakes provides a simple representation of the seismicity originated in a single fault. Here, we first characterize the properties of this model for large systems. Then, assuming, as it has been observed, that the size of the faults in a big enough region is… (More)