Random walks in non-Poissoinan activity driven temporal networks

Abstract : The interest in non-Markovian dynamics within the complex systems community has recently blossomed, due to a new wealth of time-resolved data pointing out the bursty dynamics of many natural and human interactions , manifested in an inter-event time between consecutive interactions showing a heavy-tailed distribution. In particular, empirical data has shown that the bursty dynamics of temporal networks can have deep consequences on the behavior of the dynamical processes running on top of them. Here, we study the case of random walks, as a paradigm of diffusive processes, unfolding on temporal networks generated by a non-Poissonian activity driven dynamics. We derive analytic expressions for the steady state occupation probability and first passage time distribution in the infinite network size and strong aging limits, showing that the random walk dynamics on non-Markovian networks are fundamentally different from what is observed in Markovian networks. We found a particularly surprising behavior in the limit of diverging average inter-event time, in which the random walker feels the network as homogeneous, even though the activation probability of nodes is heterogeneously distributed. Our results are supported by extensive numerical simulations. We anticipate that our findings may be of interest among the researchers studying non-Markovian dynamics of time-evolving complex topologies.
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Antoine Moinet, Michele Starnini, Romualdo Pastor-Satorras. Random walks in non-Poissoinan activity driven temporal networks. New Journal of Physics, Institute of Physics: Open Access Journals, 2019, 21, pp.093032. ⟨10.1088/1367-2630/ab3f6e⟩. ⟨hal-02291286⟩

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