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In this paper we use detailed data about the biology of the head louse (pediculus humanus capitis) to build a model of the evolution of head lice colonies. Using theory and computer simulations, we show that the model can be used to assess the impact of the various strategies usually applied to eradicate head lice, both conscious (treatments) and… (More)

We study the spreading of an infection within an SIS epidemiological model on a network. Susceptible agents are given the opportunity of breaking their links with infected agents. Broken links are either permanently removed or reconnected with the rest of the population. Thus, the network coevolves with the population as the infection progresses. We show… (More)

In a landscape composed of N randomly distributed sites in Euclidean space, a walker (" tourist ") goes to the nearest one that has not been visited in the last τ steps. This procedure leads to trajectories composed of a transient part and a final cyclic attractor of period p. The tourist walk presents universal aspects with respect to τ and can be done in… (More)

We study the effects of switching social contacts as a strategy to control epidemic outbreaks. Connections between susceptible and infective individuals can be broken by either individual, and then reconnected to a randomly chosen member of the population. It is assumed that the reconnecting individual has no previous information on the epidemiological… (More)

Intransitivity is a property of connected, oriented graphs representing species interactions that may drive their coexistence even in the presence of competition, the standard example being the three species Rock-Paper-Scissors game. We consider here a generalization with four species, the minimum number of species allowing other interactions beyond the… (More)

Network epidemiology often assumes that the relationships defining the social network of a population are static. The dynamics of relationships is only taken indirectly into account by assuming that the relevant information to study epidemic spread is encoded in the network obtained, by considering numbers of partners accumulated over periods of time… (More)

- Sebastián Risau-Gusman, Ana C Ribeiro-Teixeira, Daniel A Stariolo
- 2006

We characterize the topology of the phase space of the Berlin-Kac spherical model in the context of the so called Topological Hypothesis, for spins lying in hypercubic lattices of dimension d. For zero external field we are able to characterize the topology exactly, up to homology. We find that, even though there is a continuum of changes in the topology of… (More)

In this article we study the effects of introducing structure in the input distribution of the data to be learnt by a simple perceptron. We determine the learning curves within the framework of Statistical Mechanics. Stepwise generalization occurs as a function of the number of examples when the distribution of patterns is highly anisotropic. Although… (More)

It is by now well known that, at the molecular level, the core of the circadian clock of most living species is a negative feedback loop where some proteins inhibit their own transcription. However, it has recently been shown that post-translational processes, such as phosphorylations, are essential for a correct timing of the clock. Depending on which… (More)

We perform an extensive numerical investigation on the retrieval dynamics of the synchronous Hopfield model, also known as Little-Hopfield model, up to sizes of 2(18) neurons. Our results correct and extend much of the early simulations on the model. We find that the average convergence time has a power law behavior for a wide range of system sizes, whose… (More)