Tag: stochastic modelling

Scaling and criticality in a phenomenological renormalization group

We present a systematic study to test a recently introduced phenomenological renormalization group, proposed to coarse-grain data of neural activity from their correlation matrix. The approach allows, at least in principle, to establish whether the collective behavior of the network of spiking neurons is described by a non-Gaussian critical fixed point. We test this renormalization procedure in a variety of models focusing in particular on the contact process, which displays an absorbing phase transition at λ = λ c between a silent and an active state. We find that the results of the coarse graining do not depend on the presence of long-range interactions and, overall, the method proves to be able to distinguish the critical regime from the supercritical one. However, some scaling features persist in the supercritical regime, at least for a finite system, as we see in a contact process above λ c . Our results provide both a systematic test of the method and insights on the possible subtleties that one needs to consider when applying such phenomenological approaches directly to data to infer signatures of criticality.

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Stochastic Models and Experiments in Ecology and Biology 2020 Conference – Venice 21-24th September

SMEEB 2020 conference will be held in Venice, September 21-24, 2020, at the European Center of Living Technology (ECLT). 

 
 The aim of the workshop is to bring together scientists with different backgrounds (mathematics, biology, physics and computing) interested in microbial ecology and evolutionary biology (both theory and experiments). We will discuss important and recent research topics in these areas as well as methods and ideas. 
 
Topics will include stochastic population dynamics, quantitative and systemic biology, community ecology of microbes, statistical mechanics models in ecology, evolution in microbial communities, biodiversity coexistence and species interactions. The style of the workshop will purposely be informal to encourage discussions. 
 
Invited Speakers(*tbc): Otto X. Cordero, Eric Dykeman, Daniel Fisher, Nigel Goldenfeld*, Susan Holmes*, Terry Hwa, Eleni Katifori, David Nelson, Derek Tittensor, Amandine Veber. 
 
 The call of abstracts for contributed talks will close on May 24, 2020 (EasyChair submission link: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=smeeb2020 ). 
 

 Please bring this announcement to the attention of anyone who may be interested, especially students and post-docs who are not in this mailing list. There are 2 registration fee waivers for Ph.Ds / young Post-docs. Look in the website for all info. The attendance fee of the workshop will be 200 Euro, which includes coffee breaks and workshop material. However, owing to the current Covid-19 epidemic, the payment is not open at the moment. Once the workshop will eventually be confirmed, we will open the payment link and contact those who have pre-registered or submitted an abstract for the final registration.