Fixation and consensus times on a network: a unified approach.

  title={Fixation and consensus times on a network: a unified approach.},
  author={Gareth J. Baxter and Richard A. Blythe and Alan J. McKane},
  journal={Physical review letters},
  volume={101 25},
We investigate a set of stochastic models of biodiversity, population genetics, language evolution, and opinion dynamics on a network within a common framework. Each node has a state 0<x(i)<1 with interactions specified by strengths m(ij). For any set of m(ij), we derive an approximate expression for the mean time to reach fixation or consensus (all x(i)=0 or 1). Remarkably, in a case relevant to language change, this time is independent of the network structure. 
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