Revealing network connectivity from response dynamics

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  • Marc Timme - , Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, Cornell University, Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience Göttingen (Author)


We present a method to infer the complete connectivity of a network from its stable response dynamics. As a paradigmatic example, we consider networks of coupled phase oscillators and explicitly study their long-term stationary response to temporally constant driving. For a given driving condition, measuring the phase differences and the collective frequency reveals information about how the units are interconnected. Sufficiently many repetitions for different driving conditions yield the entire network connectivity (the absence or presence of each connection) from measuring the response dynamics only. For sparsely connected networks, we obtain good predictions of the actual connectivity even for formally underdetermined problems.


Original languageEnglish
Article number224101
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number22
Publication statusPublished - 30 May 2007
Externally publishedYes

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