J. A. Cuesta

University Carlos III de Madrid , Getafe, Madrid, Spain

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Publications (30)51.41 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: It is not fully understood why we cooperate with strangers on a daily basis. In an increasingly global world, where interaction networks and relationships between individuals are becoming more complex, different hypotheses have been put forward to explain the foundations of human cooperation on a large scale and to account for the true motivations that are behind this phenomenon. In this context, population structure has been suggested to foster cooperation in social dilemmas, but theoretical studies of this mechanism have yielded contradictory results so far; additionally, the issue lacks a proper experimental test in large systems. We have performed the largest experiments to date with humans playing a spatial Prisoner's Dilemma on a lattice and a scale-free network (1,229 subjects). We observed that the level of cooperation reached in both networks is the same, comparable with the level of cooperation of smaller networks or unstructured populations. We have also found that subjects respond to the cooperation that they observe in a reciprocal manner, being more likely to cooperate if, in the previous round, many of their neighbors and themselves did so, which implies that humans do not consider neighbors' payoffs when making their decisions in this dilemma but only their actions. Our results, which are in agreement with recent theoretical predictions based on this behavioral rule, suggest that population structure has little relevance as a cooperation promoter or inhibitor among humans.
    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 07/2012; 109(32):12922-6. · 9.81 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: During the last few years, much research has been devoted to strategic interactions on complex networks. In this context, the Prisoner's Dilemma has become a paradigmatic model, and it has been established that imitative evolutionary dynamics lead to very different outcomes depending on the details of the network. We here report that when one takes into account the real behavior of people observed in the experiments, both at the mean-field level and on utterly different networks the observed level of cooperation is the same. We thus show that when human subjects interact in an heterogeneous mix including cooperators, defectors and moody conditional cooperators, the structure of the population does not promote or inhibit cooperation with respect to a well mixed population.
    Scientific Reports 01/2012; · 5.08 Impact Factor
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    Jose A. Cuesta
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    ABSTRACT: Eigen's quasi-species model describes viruses as ensembles of different mutants of a high fitness "master" genotype. Mutants are assumed to have lower fitness than the master type, yet they coexist with it forming the quasi-species. When the mutation rate is sufficiently high, the master type no longer survives and gets replaced by a wide range of mutant types, thus destroying the quasi-species. It is the so-called "error catastrophe". But natural selection acts on phenotypes, not genotypes, and huge amounts of genotypes yield the same phenotype. An important consequence of this is the appearance of beneficial mutations which increase the fitness of mutants. A model has been recently proposed to describe quasi-species in the presence of beneficial mutations. This model lacks the error catastrophe of Eigen's model and predicts a steady state in which the viral population grows exponentially. Extinction can only occur if the infectivity of the quasi-species is so low that this exponential is negative. In this work I investigate the transient of this model when infection is started from a small amount of low fitness virions. I prove that, beyond an initial regime where viral population decreases (and can go extinct), the growth of the population is super-exponential. Hence this population quickly becomes so huge that selection due to lack of host cells to be infected begins to act before the steady state is reached. This result suggests that viral infection may widespread before the virus has developed its optimal form.
    Mathematical and Computer Modelling 11/2010; 54(7). · 1.42 Impact Factor
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    J A Capitán, J A Cuesta
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    ABSTRACT: Ecosystems often undergo abrupt regime shifts in response to gradual external changes. These shifts are theoretically understood as a regime switch between alternative stable states of the ecosystem dynamical response to smooth changes in external conditions. Usual models introduce nonlinearities in the macroscopic dynamics of the ecosystem that lead to different stable attractors among which the shift takes place. Here we propose an alternative explanation of catastrophic regime shifts based on a recent model that pictures ecological communities as systems in continuous fluctuation, according to certain transition probabilities, between different micro-states in the phase space of viable communities. We introduce a spontaneous extinction rate that accounts for gradual changes in external conditions, and upon variations on this control parameter the system undergoes a regime shift with similar features to those previously reported. Under our microscopic viewpoint we recover the main results obtained in previous theoretical and empirical work (anomalous variance, hysteresis cycles, trophic cascades). The model predicts a gradual loss of species in trophic levels from bottom to top near the transition. But more importantly, the spectral analysis of the transition probability matrix allows us to rigorously establish that we are observing the fingerprints, in a finite size system, of a true phase transition driven by background extinctions.
    Journal of Statistical Mechanics Theory and Experiment 10/2010; 2010(10):P10003. · 1.87 Impact Factor
  • C. P. Roca, J. A. Cuesta, A. Sánchez
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    ABSTRACT: We study the effect of a network of contacts on the emergence of cooperation on social dilemmas under myopic best response dynamics. We begin by summarizing the main features observed under less intellectually demanding dynamics, pointing out their most relevant general characteristics. Subsequently we focus on the new framework of best response. By means of an extensive numerical simulation program we show that, contrary to the rest of dynamics considered so far, best response is largely unaffected by the underlying network, which implies that, in most cases, no promotion of cooperation is found with this dynamics. We do find, however, nontrivial results differing from the well-mixed population in the case of coordination games on lattices, which we explain in terms of the formation of spatial clusters and the conditions for their advancement, subsequently discussing their relevance to other networks.
    Physics of Condensed Matter 01/2009; 71(4):587-595. · 1.28 Impact Factor
  • C. P. Roca, J. A. Cuesta, A. Sanchez
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    ABSTRACT: Roca, Carlos P. Cuesta, Jose A. Sanchez, Angel
    01/2009; 6:208-249.
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    ABSTRACT: This chapter deals with the applications of the density functional (DF) formalism to the study of inhomogeneous systems with hard core interactions. It includes a brief tutorial on the fundamentals of the method, and the exact free energy DF for one-dimensional hard rods obtained by Percus. The development of DF approximations for the free energy of hard spheres (HS) is presented through its milestones in the weighted density approximation (WDA) and the fundamental measure theory (FMT). The extensions of these approaches to HS mixtures include the FMT treatment of polydisperse systems and the approximations for mixtures with non-additive core radii. The DF treatment of non-spherical hard core systems is presented within the generic context of the study of liquid crystals phases. The chapter is directed to the potential users of these theoretical techniques, with clear explanations of the practical implementation details of the most successful approximations.
    Theory and Simulation of Hard-Sphere Fluids and Related Systems, 1st edited by A. Mulero, 10/2008: chapter 7: pages 247-341; Lecture Notes in Physics, Volume 753, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg., ISBN: 978-3-540-78766-2
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    J. A. Cuesta
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    ABSTRACT: An analytic derivation of the spinodal of a polydisperse mixture is presented. It holds for fluids whose excess free energy can be accurately described by a function of a few moments of the size distribution. It is shown that one such mixture of hard spheres in the Percus-Yevick approximation never demixes, despite its size distribution. In the Boublík-Mansoori-Carnahan-Starling-Leland approximation, though, it demixes for a sufficiently wide log-normal size distribution. The importance of this result is twofold: first, this distribution is unimodal, and yet it phase separates; and second, log-normal size distributions appear in many experimental contexts. The same phenomenon is shown to occur for the fluid of parallel hard cubes.
    EPL (Europhysics Letters) 01/2007; 46(2):197. · 2.26 Impact Factor
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    R. Jimenez, H. Lugo, J. A. Cuesta, A. Sanchez
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    ABSTRACT: Jimenez, Raul Lugo, Haydee Cuesta, Jose A. Sanchez, Angel
    01/2007; 250:475-483.
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    Luis Lafuente, Jose A. Cuesta
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    ABSTRACT: Rosenfeld's fundamental measure theory for lattice models is given a rigorous formulation in terms of the theory of Mobius functions of partially ordered sets. The free-energy density functional is expressed as an expansion in a finite set of lattice clusters. This set is endowed a partial order, so that the coefficients of the cluster expansion are connected to its Mobius function. Because of this, it is rigorously proven that a unique such expansion exists for any lattice model. The low-density analysis of the free-energy functional motivates a redefinition of the basic clusters (zero-dimensional cavities) which guarantees a correct zero-density limit of the pair and triplet direct correlation functions. This new definition extends Rosenfeld's theory to lattice model with any kind of short-range interaction (repulsive or attractive, hard or soft, one- or multi-component...). Finally, a proof is given that these functionals have a consistent dimensional reduction, i.e. the functional for dimension d' can be obtained from that for dimension d (d'<d) if the latter is evaluated at a density profile confined to a d'-dimensional subset. Comment: 21 pages, 2 figures, uses iopart.cls, as well as diagrams.sty (included)
    Journal of Physics A General Physics 04/2005;
  • A Sanchez, J A Cuesta
    Journal of Theoretical Biology. 03/2004; 235(2):233-240.
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    Richard P Sear, José A Cuesta
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    ABSTRACT: Inside living cells are complex mixtures of thousands of components. It is hopeless to try to characterize all the individual interactions in these mixtures. Thus, we develop a statistical approach to approximating them, and examine the conditions under which the mixtures phase separate. The approach approximates the matrix of second-virial coefficients of the mixture by a random matrix, and determines the stability of the mixture from the spectrum of such random matrices.
    Physical Review Letters 01/2004; 91(24):245701. · 7.73 Impact Factor
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    Luis Lafuente, Jose A. Cuesta
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    ABSTRACT: We use an extension of fundamental measure theory to lattice hard-core fluids to study the phase diagram of two different systems. First, two-dimensional parallel hard squares with edge-length $\sigma=2$ in a simple square lattice. This system is equivalent to the lattice gas with first and second neighbor exclusion in the same lattice, and has the peculiarity that its close packing is degenerated (the system orders in sliding columns). A comparison with other theories is discussed. Second, a three-dimensional binary mixture of parallel hard cubes with $\sigma_{\rm{L}}=6$ and $\sigma_{\rm{S}}=2$. Previous simulations of this model only focused on fluid phases. Thanks to the simplicity introduced by the discrete nature of the lattice we have been able to map out the complete phase diagram (both uniform and nonuniform phases) through a free minimization of the free energy functional, so the structure of the ordered phases is obtained as a result. A zoo of entropy-driven phase transitions is found: one-, two- and three-dimensional positional ordering, as well as fluid-ordered phase and solid-solid demixings. Comment: 14 pages, 16 figures
    The Journal of Chemical Physics 06/2003; · 3.12 Impact Factor
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    Christian Tutschka, Jose A. Cuesta
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    ABSTRACT: We deduce an overcomplete free energy functional for D=1 particle systems with next neighbor interactions, where the set of redundant variables are the local block densities $\varrho_i$ of $i$ interacting particles. The idea is to analyze the decomposition of a given pure system into blocks of $i$ interacting particles by means of a mapping onto a hard rod mixture. This mapping uses the local activity of component $i$ of the mixture to control the local association of $i$ particles of the pure system. Thus it identifies the local particle density of component $i$ of the mixture with the local block density $\varrho_i$ of the given system. Consequently, our overcomplete free energy functional takes on the hard rod mixture form with the set of block densities $\varrho_i$ representing the sequence of partition functions of the local aggregates of particle numbers $i$. The system of equations for the local particle density $\varrho$ of the original system is closed via a subsidiary condition for the block densities in terms of $\varrho$. Analoguous to the uniform isothermal-isobaric technique, all our results are expressible in terms of effective pressures. We illustrate the theory with two standard examples, the adhesive interaction and the square-well potential. For the uniform case, our proof of such an overcomplete format is based on the exponential boundedness of the number of partitions of a positive integer (Hardy-Ramanujan formula) and on Varadhan's theorem on the asymptotics of a class of integrals. We also discuss the applicability of our strategy in higher dimensional space, as well as models suggested thereof.
    Journal of Statistical Physics 07/2002; · 1.40 Impact Factor
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    Luis Lafuente, Jose A. Cuesta
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    ABSTRACT: We present the extension of Rosenfeld's fundamental measure theory to lattice models by constructing a density functional for d-dimensional mixtures of parallel hard hypercubes on a simple hypercubic lattice. The one-dimensional case is exactly solvable and two cases must be distinguished: all the species with the same lebgth parity (additive mixture), and arbitrary length parity (nonadditive mixture). At the best of our knowledge, this is the first time that the latter case is considered. Based on the one-dimensional exact functional form, we propose the extension to higher dimensions by generalizing the zero-dimensional cavities method to lattice models. This assures the functional to have correct dimensional crossovers to any lower dimension, including the exact zero-dimensional limit. Some applications of the functional to particular systems are also shown. Comment: 22 pages, 7 figures, needs IOPP LaTeX styles files
    Journal of Physics Condensed Matter 05/2002; · 2.22 Impact Factor
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    José A Cuesta, Richard P Sear
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    ABSTRACT: Ideal bosons and a classical system of monomers that aggregate forming noninteracting ring polymers are known to have the same partition function. So, the ring polymers have a phase transition, the analogue of Bose-Einstein condensation of bosons. At this phase transition macroscopic polymers are formed. The link between these systems is made via Feynman's path integrals: these integrals are the same for the trajectories of the bosons in imaginary time and for the configurations of the polymers. We show that a transition of this general form occurs within a whole class of aggregating systems. Examples are the lamellae formation in suspensions of disclike micelles or the emulsification failure observed in water-oil-surfactant emulsions. As with bosons, the transition occurs even when aggregates do not interact. The lambda-transition in 4He is believed to be Bose-Einstein condensation modified by interatomic interactions. We suggest that interaggregate interactions too only modify the transition we have found.
    Physical Review E 04/2002; 65(3 Pt 1):031406. · 2.31 Impact Factor
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    Ronald Blaak, Jose A. Cuesta
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    ABSTRACT: In a previous paper (J. Zhang {\it et al.}, J. Chem. Phys. {\bf 110}, 5318 (1999)) we introduced a model for polydisperse hard sphere mixtures that is able to adjust its particle-size distribution. Here we give the explanation of the questions that arose in the previous description and present a consistent theory of the phase transition in this system, based on the Percus-Yevick equation of state. The transition is continuous, and like Bose-Einstein condensation a macroscopic aggregate is formed due to the microscopic interactions. A BMCSL-like treatment leads to the same conclusion with slightly more accurate predictions. Comment: 7 pages including 5 figures in revtex
    The Journal of Chemical Physics 03/2001; · 3.12 Impact Factor
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    R. P. Sear, J. A. Cuesta
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    ABSTRACT: Ideal bosons and classical ring polymers formed via self-assembly, are known to have the same partition function, and so analogous phase transitions. In ring polymers, the analogue of Bose-Einstein condensation occurs when a ring polymer of macroscopic size appears. We show that a transition of the same general form occurs within a whole class of systems with self-assembly, and illustrate it with the emulsification failure of a microemulsion phase of water, oil and surfactant. As with Bose-Einstein condensation, the transition occurs even in the absence of interactions. Comment: 7 pages, 1 figure, typeset with EUROTeX, uses epsfig
    EPL (Europhysics Letters) 12/2000; · 2.26 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We study the phase behaviour of the Zwanzig model of suspensions of hard rods, allowing for polydispersity in the lengths of the rods. In spite of the simplified nature of the model (rods are restricted to lie along one of three orthogonal axes), the results agree qualitatively with experimental observations: the coexistence region broadens significantly as the polydispersity increases, and strong fractionation occurs, with long rods found preferentially in the nematic phase. These conclusions are obtained from an analysis of the exact phase equilibrium equations. In the second part of the paper, we consider the application of the recently developed ``moment free energy method'' to the polydisperse Zwanzig model. Even though the model contains non-conserved densities due to the orientational degrees of freedom, most of the exactness statements (regarding the onset of phase coexistence, spinodals, and critical points) derived previously for systems with conserved densities remain valid. The accuracy of the results from the moment free energy increases as more and more additional moments are retained in the description. We show how this increase in accuracy can be monitored without relying on knowledge of the exact results, and discuss an adaptive technique for choosing the extra moments optimally.
    The Journal of Chemical Physics 06/2000; · 3.12 Impact Factor
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    J A Cuesta, R P Sear
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    ABSTRACT: The interplay of interactions between micelles, and the aggregation of these micelles into large, highly anisotropic micelles, is studied. Simple, hard-body, models of rod-like and disc-like micelles are used, which allows us to apply fundamental measure theory to determine the free energy. Then we study the phase transition from the fluid phase to a liquid crystalline phase. We find that aggregation induces a strongly first order transition from a fluid phase of small micelles to a close packed liquid crystalline phase of infinitely large micelles.
    Physics of Condensed Matter 01/1999; 82020:233-243. · 1.28 Impact Factor