Synchronization of two-mode stochastic oscillators: A new model for rhythmic applause and much more

Z. Néda, A. Nikitin, T. Vicsek

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We model the collective clapping of spectators by globally coupled two-mode stochastic oscillators. All distinct experimentally observable clapping modes are successfully reproduced. Surprisingly, it is found that in an extended region of the parameter space the periodicity of the collective output is strongly enhanced by the considered coupling. The model offers a realistic way to generate periodic dynamics by coupling largely stochastic units.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)238-247
Number of pages10
JournalPhysica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2003
EventStatphys - Taiwan - 2002: Lattice Models and Complex Systems - Taipei and Taichung, Taiwan, Province of China
Duration: May 26 2002Jun 1 2002



  • Social collective behavior
  • Stochastic oscillators
  • Synchronization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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