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Detection of coarse-grained unstable states of microscopic/stochastic systems: a timestepper-based iterative protocol

Authors
  • Tsoumanis, A. C.
  • Siettos, C. I.
Type
Published Article
Publication Date
Oct 25, 2010
Submission Date
Oct 25, 2010
Source
arXiv
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Abstract

We address an iterative procedure that can be used to detect coarse-grained hyperbolic unstable equilibria (saddle points) of microscopic simulators when no equations at the macroscopic level are available. The scheme is based on the concept of coarse timestepping [Kevrekidis et al., 2003] incorporating an adaptive mechanism based on the chord method allowing the location of coarse-grained saddle points directly. Ultimately, it can be used in a consecutive manner to trace the coarse-grained open-loop saddle-node bifurcation diagrams. We illustrate the procedure through two indicatively examples including (i) a kinetic Monte Carlo simulation (kMC) of simple surface catalytic reactions and (ii) a simple agent-based model, a financial caricature which is used to simulate the dynamics of buying and selling of a large population of interacting individuals in the presence of mimesis. Both models exhibit coarse-grained regular turning points which give rise to branches of saddle points.

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