For a class of integrate-and-fire, pulse-coupled networks with complex topology, we study the dependence of the pulse rate on the underlying architectural connectivity statistics. We derive the distribution of the pulse rate from this dependence and determine when the underlying scale-free architectural connectivity gives rise to a scale-free pulse-rate distribution. We identify the scaling of the pairwise coupling between the dynamical units in this network class that keeps their pulse rates bounded in the infinite-network limit. In the process, we determine the connectivity statistics for a specific scale-free network grown by preferential attachment.

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This work was partly supported by the National Science Foundation through grants DMS-0506287 and DMS-0636358.

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