## Abstract

The k-parameter bootstrap percolation on a graph is a model of an interacting particle system, which can also be viewed as a variant of a cellular automaton growth process with threshold k ≥ 2. At the start, each of the graph vertices is active with probability p and inactive with probability 1 - p, independently of other vertices. Presence of active vertices triggers a bootstrap percolation process controlled by a recursive rule: an active vertex remains active forever, and a currently inactive vertex becomes active when at least k of its neighbors are active. The basic problem is to identify, for a given graph, p^{-} and p^{+} such that for p < p^{-} (p > p^{+} resp.) the probability that all vertices are eventually active is very close to 0 (1 resp.). The bootstrap percolation process is a deterministic process on the space of subsets of the vertex set, which is easy to describe but hard to analyze rigorously in general. We study the percolation on the random d-regular graph, d ≥ 3, via analysis of the process on the multigraph counterpart of the graph. Here, thanks to a "principle of deferred decisions," the percolation dynamics is described by a surprisingly simple Markov chain. Its generic state is formed by the counts of currently active and nonactive vertices having various degrees of activation capabilities. We replace the chain by a deterministic dynamical system, and use its integrals to show - via exponential supermartingales - that the percolation process undergoes relatively small fluctuations around the deterministic trajectory. This allows us to show existence of the phase transition within an interval [p^{-}(n),p^{+}(n)], such that (1) p ^{±}(n) → p* = 1 - min_{y∈(0,1)} y/ℙ(Bin(d - 1, 1 - y) < k); (2) p^{+}(n)-p^{-}(n) is of order n^{-1/2} for k < d-1, and n-^{εn}, (ε_{n} ↓ 0, ε_{n} log n → ∞), for k = d-1. Note that p* is the same as the critical probability of the process on the corresponding infinite regular tree.

Original language | English (US) |
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Pages (from-to) | 257-286 |

Number of pages | 30 |

Journal | Random Structures and Algorithms |

Volume | 30 |

Issue number | 1-2 |

DOIs | |

State | Published - Jan 2007 |

## Keywords

- Cellular automata
- Percolation
- Random regular graph

## ASJC Scopus subject areas

- Software
- General Mathematics
- Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
- Applied Mathematics