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Abstract

Much attention has recently been paid to the potential of using analytical tools derived from ecology and biology for analyzing competitive (or synergetic) interactions in a complex spatial network.

Defining a network as a complex space-time system, this article investigates the implications of spatial interconnections when oscillating or chaotic behavior in a certain node of a network is spread in both space and time. The main focus is on stability/ complexity in a network with a view to varying complexity in terms of the number of functional elements (e.g., nodes, competing/growing centers). Some simulation experiments involving simple-dimensional spatial systems are described.