Discontinuous transition of a multistage independent cascade model on networks

Takehisa Hasegawa, Koji Nemoto

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We propose a multistage version of the independent cascade model, which we call a multistage independent cascade (MIC) model, on networks. This model is parameterized by two probabilities: the probability T1 that a node adopting a fad increases the awareness of a neighboring susceptible node and the probability T2 that an adopter directly causes a susceptible node to adopt the fad. We formulate a tree approximation for the MIC model on an uncorrelated network with an arbitrary degree distribution pk. Applied on a random regular network with degree k=6, this model exhibits a rich phase diagram, including continuous and discontinuous transition lines for fad percolation and a continuous transition line for the percolation of susceptible nodes. In particular, the percolation transition of fads is discontinuous (continuous) when T1 is larger (smaller) than a certain value. A similar discontinuous transition is observed in random graphs and scale-free networks. Furthermore, assigning a finite fraction of initial adopters dramatically changes the phase boundaries.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberP11024
JournalJournal of Statistical Mechanics: Theory and Experiment
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Nov 1


  • interacting agent models
  • networks
  • percolation problems (theory)
  • random graphs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Statistics, Probability and Uncertainty


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