Interconnecting bilayer networks
College of Physics Science and Technology, Yangzhou University - 225002 Yangzhou, PRC
Accepted: 18 February 2011
A typical complex system should be described by a supernetwork or a network of networks, in which the networks are coupled to some other networks. As the first step to understanding the complex systems on such more systematic level, scientists studied interdependent multilayer networks. In this letter, we introduce a kind of interdependent multilayer networks, i.e., interconnecting networks, for which the component networks are coupled each other by sharing some common nodes. Based on the empirical investigations, we revealed a common feature of such interconnecting networks, namely, the networks with smaller averaged topological differences of the interconnecting nodes tend to share more nodes. A very simple node-sharing mechanism is proposed to analytically explain the observed feature of the interconnecting networks.
PACS: 89.75.Hc – Networks and genealogical trees / 89.65.-s – Social and economic systems
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