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Infectious Diseases of Humans: Dynamics and Control
Part 1 Microparasites: biology of host-microparasite associations the basic model - statics static aspects of eradication and control the basic model - dynamics dynamic aspects of eradication andExpand
Evolutionary games and spatial chaos
MUCH attention has been given to the Prisoners' Dilemma as a metaphor for the problems surrounding the evolution of coopera-tive behaviour1–6. This work has dealt with the relative merits of variousExpand
Simple mathematical models with very complicated dynamics
  • R. May
  • Computer Science, Medicine
  • Nature
  • 10 June 1976
TLDR
First-order difference equations arise in many contexts in the biological, economic and social sciences. Expand
Stability and Complexity in Model Ecosystems
What makes populations stabilize? What makes them fluctuate? Are populations in complex ecosystems more stable than populations in simple ecosystems? In , Robert May addressed these questions inExpand
Stability and Complexity in Model Ecosystems
  • R. May, N. MacDonald
  • Environmental Science, Biology
  • IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and…
  • 21 August 1973
Preface vii Preface to the Second Edition Biology Edition 1. Intoduction 3 2. Mathematical Models and Stability 13 3. Stability versus Complexity in Multispecies Models 4. Models with Few Species:Expand
Will a Large Complex System be Stable?
  • R. May
  • Computer Science, Medicine
  • Nature
  • 18 August 1972
TLDR
Gardner and Ashby1 have suggested that large complex systems which are assembled (connected) at random may be expected to be stable up to a certain critical level of connectance, and then, as this increases, become unstable. Expand
Patterns of species abundance and diversity
Detecting Causality in Complex Ecosystems
TLDR
We introduce a method, based on nonlinear state space reconstruction, that can distinguish causality from correlation, and extend current discussions about causation to dynamic systems with weak to moderate coupling. Expand
Food webs.
The reconstructed evolutionary process.
Phylogenies reconstructed from contemporary taxa do not contain information about lineages that have gone extinct. We derive probability models for such phylogenies, allowing real data to be comparedExpand
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