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In network dynamics, synchrony between nodes defines an equivalence relation, usually represented as a colouring. If the colouring is balanced, meaning that nodes of the same colour have colour-isomorphic inputs, it determines a subspace that is flow-invariant for any ODE compatible with the network structure. Therefore any state lying in such a subspace has the synchrony pattern determined by that balanced colouring. In 2005 Golubitsky and coworkers proved a strong converse for synchronous equilibria: every rigid synchrony colouring for a hyperbolic equilibrium is balanced, where rigidity means that the pattern persists under small admissible perturbations. We give a different proof of this theorem, based on overdetermined constraint equations, Sard’s Theorem, bump functions, and groupoid symmetrisation.
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Ian Stewart, Overdetermined constraints and rigid synchrony patterns for network equilibria. Port. Math. 77 (2020), no. 2 pp. 163–196