Temporal percolation in activity driven networks

Starnini, Michele; Pastor-Satorras, Romualdo
We study the temporal percolation properties of temporal networks by taking as a representative example the recently proposed activity driven network model [N. Perra et al., Sci. Rep. 2, 469 (2012)]. Building upon an analytical framework based on a mapping to hidden variables networks, we provide expressions for the percolation time marking the onset of a giant connected component in the integrated network. In particular, we consider both the generating function formalism, valid for degree uncorrelated networks, and the general case of networks with degree correlations. We discuss the different limits of the two approach, indicating the parameter regions where the correlated threshold collapses onto the uncorrelated case. Our analytical prediction are confirmed by numerical simulations of the model. The temporal percolation concept can be fruitfully applied to study epidemic spreading on temporal networks. We show in particular how the susceptible-infected- removed model on an activity driven network can be mapped to the percolation problem up to a time given by the spreading rate of the epidemic process. This mapping allows to obtain addition information on this process, not available for previous approaches.
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Physical Review E
1539-3755, 1550-2376
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