Motivations complex networks are the backbone of complex systems every complex system is a network of interaction among numerous smaller elements some networks are geometric or regular in 2-D or 3-D space other contain long-range connections or are not spatial at all understanding a complex system = break down into parts + reassemble network anatomy is important to characterize because structure affects function (and vice-versa) ex: structure of social networks prevent spread of diseases control spread of information (marketing, fads, rumors, etc.) ex: structure of power grid / Internet understand robustness and stability of power / data transmission
Three structural metrics Average path length Degree distribution(connectivity) Clustering coefficient
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