Volume 74, Number 6, June 2006
|Page(s)||1109 - 1115|
|Section||Interdisciplinary physics and related areas of science and technology|
|Published online||17 May 2006|
Self-assembly of information in networks
Department of Theoretical Physics, Umeå University - 901 87 Umeå, Sweden
2 Niels Bohr Institute - Blegdamsvej 17, DK 2100, Copenhagen, Denmark
Accepted: 27 April 2006
We model self-assembly of information in networks to investigate necessary conditions for building a global perception of a system by local communication. Our approach is to let agents chat in a model system to self-organize distant communication pathways. We demonstrate that simple local rules allow agents to build a perception of the system, that is robust to dynamical changes and mistakes. We find that messages are most effectively forwarded in the presence of hubs, while transmission in hub-free networks is more robust against misinformation and failures.
PACS: 89.70.+c – Information theory and communication theory / 89.75.Fb – Structures and organization in complex systems
© EDP Sciences, 2006
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