Bilinear effect in complex systems
Abbreviated Journal Title
DYNASTIC CYCLE; POWER LAWS; NETWORKS; MODEL; DISTRIBUTIONS; DYNAMICS; PARETO; NOISE; Physics, Multidisciplinary
The distribution of the lifetime of Chinese dynasties (as well as that of the British Isles and Japan) in a linear Zipf plot is found to consist of two straight lines intersecting at a transition point. This two-section piecewise-linear distribution is different from the power law or the stretched exponent distribution, and is called the Bilinear Effect for short. With assumptions mimicking the organization of ancient Chinese regimes, a 3-layer network model is constructed. Numerical results of this model show the bilinear effect, providing a plausible explanation of the historical data. The bilinear effect in two other social systems is presented, indicating that such a piecewise-linear effect is widespread in social systems. Copyright (C) EPLA, 2010
"Bilinear effect in complex systems" (2010). Faculty Bibliography 2010s. 403.