FFTA: Exact solutions for the SI model on networks

5 October 2021

The SI model is the most basic of all compartmental models used to describe the spreading of information through a population. In this talk we will present a mathematical formalism to solve the SI model on generic networks. Our methods rely on a tensor product formulation of the dynamical spreading process, inspired by many-body quantum systems. Here we will focus on time-dependent expectation values for the state of individual nodes, which can be obtained from contributions of subgraphs of the network. We show how to compute these contributions systematically and derive a set of symmetry relations among subgraphs of differing topologies. We conclude by comparing our results for small sample networks to Monte-Carlo simulations and mean-field approximations.

arXiv link: https://arxiv.org/abs/2109.03530

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