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The structure and function of complex networks
 SIAM REVIEW
, 2003
"... Inspired by empirical studies of networked systems such as the Internet, social networks, and biological networks, researchers have in recent years developed a variety of techniques and models to help us understand or predict the behavior of these systems. Here we review developments in this field, ..."
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Inspired by empirical studies of networked systems such as the Internet, social networks, and biological networks, researchers have in recent years developed a variety of techniques and models to help us understand or predict the behavior of these systems. Here we review developments in this field, including such concepts as the smallworld effect, degree distributions, clustering, network correlations, random graph models, models of network growth and preferential attachment, and dynamical processes taking place on networks.
The Average Distance in a Random Graph with Given Expected Degrees
"... Random graph theory is used to examine the “smallworld phenomenon”– any two strangers are connected through a short chain of mutual acquaintances. We will show that for certain families of random graphs with given expected degrees, the average distance is almost surely of order log n / log ˜ d wher ..."
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Random graph theory is used to examine the “smallworld phenomenon”– any two strangers are connected through a short chain of mutual acquaintances. We will show that for certain families of random graphs with given expected degrees, the average distance is almost surely of order log n / log ˜ d where ˜ d is the weighted average of the sum of squares of the expected degrees. Of particular interest are power law random graphs in which the number of vertices of degree k is proportional to 1/k β for some fixed exponent β. For the case of β> 3, we prove that the average distance of the power law graphs is almost surely of order log n / log ˜ d. However, many Internet, social, and citation networks are power law graphs with exponents in the range 2 < β < 3 for which the power law random graphs have average distance almost surely of order log log n, but have diameter of order log n (provided having some mild constraints for the average distance and maximum degree). In particular, these graphs contain a dense subgraph, that we call the core, having n c / log log n vertices. Almost all vertices are within distance log log n of the core although there are vertices at distance log n from the core.
Statistical properties of community structure in large social and information networks
"... A large body of work has been devoted to identifying community structure in networks. A community is often though of as a set of nodes that has more connections between its members than to the remainder of the network. In this paper, we characterize as a function of size the statistical and structur ..."
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A large body of work has been devoted to identifying community structure in networks. A community is often though of as a set of nodes that has more connections between its members than to the remainder of the network. In this paper, we characterize as a function of size the statistical and structural properties of such sets of nodes. We define the network community profile plot, which characterizes the “best ” possible community—according to the conductance measure—over a wide range of size scales, and we study over 70 large sparse realworld networks taken from a wide range of application domains. Our results suggest a significantly more refined picture of community structure in large realworld networks than has been appreciated previously. Our most striking finding is that in nearly every network dataset we examined, we observe tight but almost trivial communities at very small scales, and at larger size scales, the best possible communities gradually “blend in ” with the rest of the network and thus become less “communitylike.” This behavior is not explained, even at a qualitative level, by any of the commonlyused network generation models. Moreover, this behavior is exactly the opposite of what one would expect based on experience with and intuition from expander graphs, from graphs that are wellembeddable in a lowdimensional structure, and from small social networks that have served as testbeds of community detection algorithms. We have found, however, that a generative model, in which new edges are added via an iterative “forest fire” burning process, is able to produce graphs exhibiting a network community structure similar to our observations.
The phase transition in inhomogeneous random graphs, preprint available from http://www.arxiv.org/abs/math.PR/0504589
"... Abstract. The ‘classical ’ random graph models, in particular G(n, p), are ‘homogeneous’, in the sense that the degrees (for example) tend to be concentrated around a typical value. Many graphs arising in the real world do not have this property, having, for example, powerlaw degree distributions. ..."
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Abstract. The ‘classical ’ random graph models, in particular G(n, p), are ‘homogeneous’, in the sense that the degrees (for example) tend to be concentrated around a typical value. Many graphs arising in the real world do not have this property, having, for example, powerlaw degree distributions. Thus there has been a lot of recent interest in defining and studying ‘inhomogeneous ’ random graph models. One of the most studied properties of these new models is their ‘robustness’, or, equivalently, the ‘phase transition ’ as an edge density parameter is varied. For G(n, p), p = c/n, the phase transition at c = 1 has been a central topic in the study of random graphs for well over 40 years. Many of the new inhomogenous models are rather complicated; although there are exceptions, in most cases precise questions such as determining exactly the critical point of the phase transition are approachable only when there is independence between the edges. Fortunately, some models studied have this already, and others can be approximated by models with
Random Evolution in Massive Graphs
, 2001
"... Many massive graphs (such as WWW graphs and Call graphs) share certain universal characteristics which can be described by socalled the "power law". In this paper, we will first briefly survey the history and previous work on power law graphs. Then we will give four evolution models for generating p ..."
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Many massive graphs (such as WWW graphs and Call graphs) share certain universal characteristics which can be described by socalled the "power law". In this paper, we will first briefly survey the history and previous work on power law graphs. Then we will give four evolution models for generating power law graphs by adding one node/edge at a time. We will show that for any given edge density and desired distributions for indegrees and outdegrees (not necessarily the same, but adhered to certain general conditions), the resulting graph will almost surely satisfy the power law and the in/outdegree conditions. We will show that our most general directed and undirected models include nearly all known models as special cases. In addition, we consider another crucial aspects of massive graphs that is called "scalefree" in the sense that the f requency of sampling (w.r.t. the growth rate) is independent of the parameter of the resulting power law graphs. We will show that our evolution models generate scalefree power law graphs. 1
Community structure in large networks: Natural cluster sizes and the absence of large welldefined clusters
, 2008
"... A large body of work has been devoted to defining and identifying clusters or communities in social and information networks, i.e., in graphs in which the nodes represent underlying social entities and the edges represent some sort of interaction between pairs of nodes. Most such research begins wit ..."
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A large body of work has been devoted to defining and identifying clusters or communities in social and information networks, i.e., in graphs in which the nodes represent underlying social entities and the edges represent some sort of interaction between pairs of nodes. Most such research begins with the premise that a community or a cluster should be thought of as a set of nodes that has more and/or better connections between its members than to the remainder of the network. In this paper, we explore from a novel perspective several questions related to identifying meaningful communities in large social and information networks, and we come to several striking conclusions. Rather than defining a procedure to extract sets of nodes from a graph and then attempt to interpret these sets as a “real ” communities, we employ approximation algorithms for the graph partitioning problem to characterize as a function of size the statistical and structural properties of partitions of graphs that could plausibly be interpreted as communities. In particular, we define the network community profile plot, which characterizes the “best ” possible community—according to the conductance measure—over a wide range of size scales. We study over 100 large realworld networks, ranging from traditional and online social networks, to technological and information networks and
ON THE COVERINGS OF GRAPHS
, 1980
"... Let p(n) denote the smallest integer with the property that any graph with n vertices can be covered by p(n) complete bipartite subgraphs. We prove a conjecture of J.C. Bermond by showing p(n) = n + o(n 11’14+c) for any positive E. ..."
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Let p(n) denote the smallest integer with the property that any graph with n vertices can be covered by p(n) complete bipartite subgraphs. We prove a conjecture of J.C. Bermond by showing p(n) = n + o(n 11’14+c) for any positive E.
Systematic topology analysis and generation using degree correlations
 In SIGCOMM
"... Researchers have proposed a variety of metrics to measure important graph properties, for instance, in social, biological, and computer networks. Values for a particular graph metric may capture a graph’s resilience to failure or its routing efficiency. Knowledge of appropriate metric values may inf ..."
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Researchers have proposed a variety of metrics to measure important graph properties, for instance, in social, biological, and computer networks. Values for a particular graph metric may capture a graph’s resilience to failure or its routing efficiency. Knowledge of appropriate metric values may influence the engineering of future topologies, repair strategies in the face of failure, and understanding of fundamental properties of existing networks. Unfortunately, there are typically no algorithms to generate graphs matching one or more proposed metrics and there is little understanding of the relationships among individual metrics or their applicability to different settings. We present a new, systematic approach for analyzing network topologies. We first introduce the dKseries of probability distributions specifying all degree correlations within dsized subgraphs of a given graph G. Increasing values of d capture progressively more properties of G at the cost of more complex representation of the probability distribution. Using this series, we can quantitatively measure the distance between two graphs and construct random graphs that accurately reproduce virtually all metrics proposed in the literature. The nature of the dKseries implies that it will also capture any future metrics that may be proposed. Using our approach, we construct graphs for d =0, 1, 2, 3 and demonstrate that these graphs reproduce, with increasing accuracy, important properties of measured and modeled Internet topologies. We find that the d = 2 case is sufficient for most practical purposes, while d = 3 essentially reconstructs the Internet AS and routerlevel topologies exactly. We hope that a systematic method to analyze and synthesize topologies offers a significant improvement to the set of tools available to network topology and protocol researchers.
Conductance and Congestion in Power Law Graphs
, 2003
"... It has been observed that the degrees of the topologies of several communication networks follow heavy tailed statistics. What is the impact of such heavy tailed statistics on the performance of basic communication tasks that a network is presumed to support? How does performance scale with the size ..."
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It has been observed that the degrees of the topologies of several communication networks follow heavy tailed statistics. What is the impact of such heavy tailed statistics on the performance of basic communication tasks that a network is presumed to support? How does performance scale with the size of the network? We study routing in families of sparse random graphs whose degrees follow heavy tailed distributions. Instantiations of such random graphs have been proposed as models for the topology of the Internet at the level of Autonomous Systems as well as at the level of routers. Let n be the number of nodes. Suppose that for each pair of nodes with degrees du and dv we have O(dudv ) units of demand. Thus the total demand is O(n ). We argue analytically and experimentally that in the considered random graph model such demand patterns can be routed so that the flow through each link is at most O . This is to be compared with a bound # that holds for arbitrary graphs. Similar results were previously known for sparse random regular graphs, a.k.a. "expander graphs." The significance is that Internetlike topologies, which grow in a dynamic, decentralized fashion and appear highly inhomogeneous, can support routing with performance characteristics comparable to those of their regular counterparts, at least under the assumption of uniform demand and capacities. Our proof uses approximation algorithms for multicommodity flow and establishes strong bounds of a generalization of "expansion," namely "conductance." Besides routing, our bounds on conductance have further implications, most notably on the gap between first and second eigenvalues of the stochastic normalization of the adjacency matrix of the graph.
On the Eigenvalue Power Law
, 2002
"... We show that the largest eigenvalues of graphs whose highest degrees are Zipflike distributed with slope are distributed according to a power law with slope =2. This follows as a direct and almost certain corollary of the degree power law. Our result has implications for the singular value deco ..."
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We show that the largest eigenvalues of graphs whose highest degrees are Zipflike distributed with slope are distributed according to a power law with slope =2. This follows as a direct and almost certain corollary of the degree power law. Our result has implications for the singular value decomposition method in information retrieval.