Understanding Complex Systems

Viability and Resilience of Complex Systems

Concepts, Methods and Case Studies from Ecology and Society

Editors: Deffuant, Guillaume, Gilbert, Nigel (Eds.)

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One common characteristic of a complex system is its ability to withstand major disturbances and the capacity to rebuild itself. Understanding how such systems demonstrate resilience by absorbing or recovering from major external perturbations requires both quantitative foundations and a multidisciplinary view of the topic.

This book demonstrates how new methods can be used to identify the actions favouring the recovery from perturbations on a variety of examples including the dynamics of bacterial biofilms, grassland savannahs, language competition and Internet social networking sites.

The reader is taken through an introduction to the idea of resilience and viability and shown the mathematical basis of the techniques used to analyse systems. The idea of individual or agent-based modelling of complex systems is introduced and related to analytically tractable approximations of such models. A set of case studies illustrates the use of the techniques in real applications, and the final section describes how one can use new software tools for carrying out the necessary calculations.

The book is intended for a general scientific audience of readers from the natural and social sciences, although it requires some mathematics to gain a full understanding of the more theoretical chapters.

It is an essential point of reference for those interested in the practical application of the concepts of resilience and viability

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“In this book, a consortium of researchers … suggested measures to formalize the concept of resilience by following viability theory, which can also be extremely useful to design management policies in different environments. … To sum up, this book is highly recommended to scientists from a wide range of disciplines dealing with complex agent-based systems, where some of the main issues are the calculation of stability of the non-equilibrium states and the robustness under some disturbances.” (Albert Diaz-Guilera, Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, April, 2012)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • What Is Resilience? A Short Introduction

    Grimm, Volker (et al.)

    Pages 3-13

  • Defining Resilience Mathematically: From Attractors To Viability

    Martin, Sophie (et al.)

    Pages 15-36

  • Viability and Resilience in the Dynamics of Language Competition

    Castelló, Xavier (et al.)

    Pages 39-73

  • Viable Web Communities: Two Case Studies

    Taraborelli, Dario (et al.)

    Pages 75-105

  • Bridging the Gap Between Computational Models and Viability Based Resilience in Savanna Ecosystems

    Calabrese, Justin M. (et al.)

    Pages 107-130

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Viability and Resilience of Complex Systems
Book Subtitle
Concepts, Methods and Case Studies from Ecology and Society
Editors
  • Guillaume Deffuant
  • Nigel Gilbert
Series Title
Understanding Complex Systems
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-20423-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-20423-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-20422-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-27034-5
Series ISSN
1860-0832
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 224
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