Empirical Findings in Human Bursty Dynamics

  • Márton KarsaiEmail author
  • Hang-Hyun Jo
  • Kimmo Kaski
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Complexity book series (BRIEFSCOMPLEXITY)


In this Chapter we will present a comprehensive collection of a large number of empirical observations of human bursty behaviour in several datasets recorded in various situations. We divide these observations into two categories, i.e., individual activities and interaction-driven collective activities . In addition we also briefly discuss examples of human mobility , financial systems, and animal behaviour . Precisely, as for the interaction-driven case, we sort out the empirical findings from different social interaction modalities like face-to-face interactions , mobile-phone based interactions, communication by posted letters and emails to web-based social interactions, as they may reflect the different degree of sociality between a pair of individuals. To make the overview easier for a reader to follow such a large set of empirical studies, we present a systematic summary of all these observations in tables including a short description of each dataset, the observed values of some bursty characters, and the references to the original works.


Bursty Dynamics Bursty Behavior Social Interaction Modalities Inter-event Time Communication channelsCommunication Channel 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratoire de l’Informatique du ParallélismeÉcole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, University Lyon, Inria, CNRS, UCB Lyon 1, UMR 5668, IXXILyonFrance
  2. 2.Junior Research GroupAsia Pacific Center for Theoretical PhysicsPohangKorea (Republic of)
  3. 3.Department of Computer ScienceAalto UniversityEspooFinland

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