Spreading Processes in Multiplex Metapopulations Containing Different Mobility Networks

D. Soriano-Paños, L. Lotero, A. Arenas, J. Gómez-Gardeñes

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle in an indexed scientific journalpeer-review

    81 Scopus citations


    We propose a theoretical framework for the study of spreading processes in structured metapopulations, with heterogeneous agents, subjected to different recurrent mobility patterns. We propose to represent the heterogeneity in the composition of the metapopulations as layers in a multiplex network, where nodes would correspond to geographical areas and layers account for the mobility patterns of agents of the same class. We analyze classical epidemic models within this framework and obtain an excellent agreement with extensive Monte Carlo simulations. This agreement allows us to derive analytical expressions of the epidemic threshold and to face the challenge of characterizing a real multiplex metapopulation, the city of Medellín in Colombia, where different recurrent mobility patterns are observed depending on the socioeconomic class of the agents. Our framework allows us to unveil the geographical location of those patches that trigger the epidemic state at the critical point. A careful exploration reveals that social mixing between classes and mobility crucially determines these critical patches and, more importantly, it can produce abrupt changes of the critical properties of the epidemic onset.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number031039
    JournalPhysical Review X
    Issue number3
    StatePublished - 9 Aug 2018

    Bibliographical note

    Publisher Copyright:
    © 2018 authors. Published by the American Physical Society.

    Types Minciencias

    • Artículos de investigación con calidad A1 / Q1


    Dive into the research topics of 'Spreading Processes in Multiplex Metapopulations Containing Different Mobility Networks'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

    Cite this