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We make an extensive numerical study of a two-dimensional nonconservative model proposed by Olami, Feder, and Christensen to describe earthquake behavior [Phys. Rev. Lett. 68, 1244 (1992)]. By analyzing the distribution of earthquake sizes using a multiscaling method, we find evidence that the model is critical, with no characteristic length scale other(More)
Spatial distances between subsequent earthquakes in southern California exhibit scale-free statistics, with a critical exponent delta approximately 0.6, as well as finite size scaling. The statistics are independent of the threshold magnitude as long as the catalog is complete, but depend strongly on the temporal ordering of events, rather than the geometry(More)
Complexity originates from the tendency of large dynamical systems to organize themselves into a critical state, with avalanches or "punctuations" of all sizes. In the critical state, events which would otherwise be uncoupled become correlated. The apparent, historical contingency in many sciences, including geology, biology, and economics, finds a natural(More)
We propose a metric to quantify correlations between earthquakes. The metric consists of a product involving the time interval and spatial distance between two events, as well as the magnitude of the first one. According to this metric, events typically are strongly correlated to only one or a few preceding ones. Thus a classification of events as(More)
A model for the solar coronal magnetic field is proposed where multiple directed loops evolve in space and time. Loops injected at small scales are anchored by footpoints of opposite polarity moving randomly on a surface. Nearby footpoints of the same polarity aggregate, and loops can reconnect when they collide. This may trigger a cascade of further(More)
We study a model for coupled networks introduced recently by Buldyrev et al., [Nature (London) 464, 1025 (2010)], where each node has to be connected to others via two types of links to be viable. Removing a critical fraction of nodes leads to a percolation transition that has been claimed to be more abrupt than that for uncoupled networks. Indeed, it was(More)
Discontinuous percolation transitions and the associated tricritical points are manifest in a wide range of both equilibrium and nonequilibrium cooperative phenomena. To demonstrate this, we present and relate the continuous and first-order behaviors in two different classes of models: The first are generalized epidemic processes that describe in their(More)
For many real-world networks only a small "sampled" version of the original network may be investigated; those results are then used to draw conclusions about the actual system. Variants of breadth-first search (BFS) sampling, which are based on epidemic processes, are widely used. Although it is well established that BFS sampling fails, in most cases, to(More)
Directed networks are ubiquitous and are necessary to represent complex systems with asymmetric interactions--from food webs to the World Wide Web. Despite the importance of edge direction for detecting local and community structure, it has been disregarded in studying a basic type of global diversity in networks: the tendency of nodes with similar numbers(More)