The European Physical Journal B

, 86:320

Burstiness and spreading on temporal networks


    • naXys, University of Namur
  • Lionel Tabourier
    • naXys, University of Namur
  • Jean-Charles Delvenne
    • ICTEAM and COREUniversité catholique de Louvain
Regular Article

DOI: 10.1140/epjb/e2013-40456-9

Cite this article as:
Lambiotte, R., Tabourier, L. & Delvenne, J. Eur. Phys. J. B (2013) 86: 320. doi:10.1140/epjb/e2013-40456-9


We discuss how spreading processes on temporal networks are impacted by the shape of their inter-event time distributions. Through simple mathematical arguments and toy examples, we find that the key factor is the ordering in which events take place, a property that tends to be affected by the bulk of the distributions and not only by their tail, as usually considered in the literature. We show that a detailed modeling of the temporal patterns observed in complex networks can change dramatically the properties of a spreading process, such as the ergodicity of a random walk process or the persistence of an epidemic.


Statistical and Nonlinear Physics

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