Why We Live in Hierarchies?

A Quantitative Treatise

  • Anna Zafeiris
  • Tamás Vicsek

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Complexity book series (BRIEFSCOMPLEXITY)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Anna Zafeiris, Tamás Vicsek
    Pages 1-9
  3. Anna Zafeiris, Tamás Vicsek
    Pages 11-40
  4. Anna Zafeiris, Tamás Vicsek
    Pages 41-78
  5. Anna Zafeiris, Tamás Vicsek
    Pages 79-87
  6. Anna Zafeiris, Tamás Vicsek
    Pages 89-105
  7. Anna Zafeiris, Tamás Vicsek
    Pages 107-110
  8. Anna Zafeiris, Tamás Vicsek
    Pages E1-E1

About this book


This book systematically interprets and documents new, unifying principles and basic laws describing the most relevant aspects of hierarchy. To do so, it discusses recent experiments and models that are simple and realistic enough to reproduce the observations, and develops concepts for a better understanding of the complexity of systems consisting of many organisms. The book covers systems ranging from flocks of birds to groups of people.
Although it focuses on hierarchical collective behavior in general, two aspects pop up in the majority of cases: collective motion and dynamically changing, partially directed networks (and the natural relation between the two). In addition, it offers a brief description of the most relevant definitions and concepts involved in the context of hierarchies, presenting both a review of the current literature and a number of new experimental and computational results in more detail. It is a valuable resource for students and scholars pursuing research on the structure of interactions within the collectives of animals and humans.


Directed Networks Dominance Hierarchies Embedded Flow Emergence of Structures Global Reaching Centrality Hierarchical Networks Hierarchical Organization Knowledge Based Hierarchies Leadership-followership Network Optimization of Performance Hierarchical structures Collective decision-making Liska model Emergence of hierarchy Switchboard dynamics Flow hierarchy Dominance relations

Authors and affiliations

  • Anna Zafeiris
    • 1
  • Tamás Vicsek
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Biological PhysicsEötvös Loránd UniversityBudapestHungary
  2. 2.Department of Biological PhysicsEötvös Loránd UniversityBudapestHungary

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-70481-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-70483-8
  • Series Print ISSN 2191-5326
  • Series Online ISSN 2191-5334
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