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Will a Large Complex System be Stable?


Gardner and Ashby1 have suggested that large complex systems which are assembled (connected) at random may be expected to be stable up to a certain critical level of connectance, and then, as this increases, to suddenly become unstable. Their conclusions were based on the trend of computer studies of systems with 4, 7 and 10 variables.

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MAY, R. Will a Large Complex System be Stable?. Nature 238, 413–414 (1972).

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