Analysis of a nonlinear stochastic model of cooperative behaviour
A stochastic model of cooperative behaviour is analyzed with regard to its critical properties. A cumulant expansion to fourth order is used to truncate the infinite set of coupled evolution equations for the moments. Linear stability analysis is performed around all the permissible steady states. The method is shown to be incapable of reproducing the critical boundary and the nature of the phase transition. A linearization, which respects the symmetry of the potential, is proposed which reproduces all the basic features associated with the model. The dynamics predicted by this approximation is shown to agree well with the Monte-Carlo simulation of the nonlinear Langevin equation.
Volume 94, 2020
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