Volume 86, Number 2, April 2009
|Number of page(s)||6|
|Section||Interdisciplinary Physics and Related Areas of Science and Technology|
|Published online||28 April 2009|
Modeling and verifying a broad array of network properties
Department of Computer Science, University of California - Davis, CA 95616, USA
2 Center for Computational Science and Engineering, University of California - Davis, CA 95616, USA
3 Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering, University of California - Davis, CA 95616, USA
Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 20 March 2009
Motivated by widely observed examples in nature, society and software, where groups of related nodes arrive together and attach to existing networks, we consider network growth via sequential attachment of linked node groups or graphlets. We analyze the simplest case, attachment of the three node -graphlet, where, with probability α, we attach a peripheral node of the graphlet, and with probability (1-α), we attach the central node. Our analytical results and simulations show that tuning α produces a wide range in degree distribution and degree assortativity, achieving assortativity values that capture a diverse set of many real-world systems. We introduce a fifteen-dimensional attribute vector derived from seven well-known network properties, which enables comprehensive comparison between any two networks. Principal Component Analysis of this attribute vector space shows a significantly larger coverage potential of real-world network properties by a simple extension of the above model when compared against a classic model of network growth.
PACS: 89.75.Hc – Networks and genealogical trees / 89.75.Fb – Structures and organization in complex systems
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