Complex Systems

Turing Patterns in Networks Download PDF

Elizabeth Alejandra Ortiz Durán
Daniel Ivan Parra Verde

Center for Applied Physics and Advanced Technology
National Autonomous University of Mexico
Boulevard Juriquilla No. 3001
Juriquilla, Querétaro, 76230 México


The first pattern formation model was proposed by the mathematician Alan M. Turing. This model consists of a system of reaction-diffusion equations that produces stationary patterns by means of the so-called “Turing instability.” In this paper, we found the conditions that the network and the parameters need to fulfill in order to achieve the Turing instability in a particular reaction-diffusion system called the Mimura–Murray model on different network topologies, including some simulations on an innovative kind of network, based on the Wolfram model, that evolves over time, generating interesting topologies that exhibit lattice-like topology. In addition, the equations are solved and simulated in Wolfram Language, and some examples of applications in biology and sociology are presented.

Keywords: Turing Patterns; Turing Instability; Mimura–Murray Model; Network Topologies; Reaction-Diffusion System; Wolfram Model

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E. A. O. Durán and D. I. P. Verde, “Turing Patterns in Networks,” Complex Systems, 32(3), 2023 pp. 253–269.