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Developmental time windows for spatial growth generate multiple-cluster small-world networks

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Marcus Kaiser


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Many networks extent in space, may it be metric (e.g. geographic) or non-metric (ordinal). Spatial network growth, which depends on the distance between nodes, can generate a wide range of topologies from small-world to linear scale-free networks. However, networks often lacked multiple clusters or communities. Multiple clusters can be generated, however, if there are time windows during development. Time windows ensure that regions of the network develop connections at different points in time. This novel approach could generate small-world but not scale-free networks. The resulting topology depended critically on the overlap of time windows as well as on the position of pioneer nodes. © 2007 EDP Sciences/Società Italiana di Fisica/Springer-Verlag.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Nisbach F, Kaiser M

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: European Physical Journal B: Condensed Matter and Complex Systems

Year: 2007

Volume: 58

Issue: 2

Pages: 185-191

ISSN (print): 1434-6028

ISSN (electronic): 1434-6036

Publisher: Springer


DOI: 10.1140/epjb/e2007-00214-4


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