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Structural comparisons of networks and model-based detection of small-worldness

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  • Gian Paolo Clemente

    () (Catholic University of Milan)

  • Marco Fattore

    () (University of Milano-Bicocca)

  • Rosanna Grassi

    () (University of Milano-Bicocca)

Abstract

Abstract In this paper, we consider the problem of assessing the “level of small-worldness” of a graph and of detecting small-worldness features in real networks. After discussing the limitations of classical approaches, based on the computation of network indicators, we propose a new procedure, which involves the comparison of network structures at different “observation scales”. This allows small-world features to be caught, even if “hidden” deeply into the network structure. Applications of the procedure to both simulated and real data show the effectiveness of the proposal, also in distinguishing between different small-world models and in detecting emerging small-worldness in dynamical networks.

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  • Gian Paolo Clemente & Marco Fattore & Rosanna Grassi, 2018. "Structural comparisons of networks and model-based detection of small-worldness," Journal of Economic Interaction and Coordination, Springer;Society for Economic Science with Heterogeneous Interacting Agents, vol. 13(1), pages 117-141, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:jeicoo:v:13:y:2018:i:1:d:10.1007_s11403-017-0202-7
    DOI: 10.1007/s11403-017-0202-7
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    1. Paolo Bartesaghi & Gian Paolo Clemente & Rosanna Grassi, 2020. "Community structure in the World Trade Network based on communicability distances," Papers 2001.06356, arXiv.org, revised Jul 2020.

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    Keywords

    Graph theory; Small-world networks; Graph distance;

    JEL classification:

    • C65 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Miscellaneous Mathematical Tools
    • D85 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Network Formation
    • G30 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - General

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