Erin Russell

University of Bristol

Playing with Fire: The Necessary Evil of Self-organised Criticality

Probability Seminar

18th November 2022, 3:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Fry Building, 2.04

Consider a mean field Erdős-Rényi random digraph process on n vertices. Let each possible directed edge arrive with rate 1/n. Without opposition, this process is guaranteed to result in the n-complete graph. Hence, we introduce a Poisson rain of “lightning strikes” to each vertex with rate λ(n) which propagates across its out-graph, burning all edges of an affected vertex. Subsequently, the system continues to fluctuate to no end in a battle between creation and destruction.

Organisers: Benjamin Lees, Jessica Jay

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