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Phys Rev Lett. 2007 Jun 1;98(22):224101. Epub 2007 May 30.

Revealing network connectivity from response dynamics.

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Network Dynamics Group, Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, and Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience, Bunsenstrasse 10, 37073 Göttingen, Germany.


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.

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