HIERARCHY (Distributive) 2)4)5)
A multi-centered type of hierarchy that admits regional dominance around local centers.
This model comes from geography. It has been used for ex. for the study of AIDS propagation. If some phenomenon should diffuse from a unique center, such a process would be very slow. However a pathogen can easily "jump" from one point to another, sometimes very distant, and become there the focus of a new diffusion center.
The model is quite general and can be applied to the diffusion of a new technology, or of a new religious creed, or a forest fire, or a financial panic.
It is closely related to the concepts of composite system and percolation.
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