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Self-organised criticality : theory, models, and characterisation

Author: Gunnar Pruessner
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012.
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"Giving a detailed overview of the subject, this book takes in the results and methods that have arisen since the term 'self-organised criticality' was coined twenty years ago. Providing an overview of numerical and analytical methods, from their theoretical foundation to the actual application and implementation, the book is an easy access point to important results and sophisticated methods. Starting with the
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gunnar Pruessner
ISBN: 9780521853354 0521853354
OCLC Number: 664324535
Description: xxii, 494 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction --
2. Scaling --
3. Experiments and observations --
4. Deterministic sandpiles --
5. Dissipative models --
6. Stochastic sandpiles --
7. Numerical methods and data analysis --
8. Analytical results --
9. Mechanisms --
10. Summary and discussion --
Appendix: the Olami-Feder-Christensen model in C.
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