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|Title:||Popularity versus similarity in growing networks|
|Scientific Field:||Engineering and Technology|
|Scientific Field:||Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering|
|Citation:||Nature, 2012, Volume 489, Number 7417, Pages 537–540|
|Abstract:||The principle that popularity is attractive underlies preferential attachment, which is a common explanation for the emergence of scaling in growing networks. If new connections are made preferentially to more popular nodes, then the resulting distribution of the number of connections possessed by nodes follows power laws as observed in many real networks. Preferential attachment has been directly validated for some real networks (including the Internet), and can be a consequence of different underlying processes based on node fitness, ranking, optimization, random walks or duplication. Here we show that popularity is just one dimension of attractiveness; another dimension is similarity. We develop a framework in which new connections optimize certain trade-offs between popularity and similarity, instead of simply preferring popular nodes. The framework has a geometric interpretation in which popularity preference emerges from local optimization. As opposed to preferential attachment, our optimization framework accurately describes the large-scale evolution of technological (the Internet), social (trust relationships between people) and biological (Escherichia coli metabolic) networks, predicting the probability of new links with high precision. The framework that we have developed can thus be used for predicting new links in evolving networks, and provides a different perspective on preferential attachment as an emergent phenomenon.|
|Affiliation:||Cyprus University of Technology|
|Journal type:||Peer reviewed|
|Journal Type:||Subscription Journal|
|Appears in Collections:||Άρθρα/Articles|
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