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About modelling of complex networks with applications to terrorist group modelling


  • Drazen Penzar

    () (SOKO Z.I., Zagreb, Croatia)

  • Armano Srbljinovic

    (Croatian MoD's Institute for R&D of Defence Systems, Zagreb, Croatia)


Based on available data on various organisations and networks, the article explores some key properties of the structure of a terrorist organisation. Analytical focus is on lower levels of organisational hierarchy, where network structure with exponential distribution of the number of links among network nodes is clearly visible. Such networks tend to grow organically, are very efficient in information diffusion, and are robust regarding stochastic failures and targeted attacks. These network features are illustrated by recent example based on network data about September 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington. Classification-ACM-1998: J.4; Social and behavioral sciences - Sociology

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  • Drazen Penzar & Armano Srbljinovic, 2005. "About modelling of complex networks with applications to terrorist group modelling," Interdisciplinary Description of Complex Systems - scientific journal, Croatian Interdisciplinary Society Provider Homepage:, vol. 3(1), pages 27-43.
  • Handle: RePEc:zna:indecs:v:3:y:2005:i:1:p:27-43

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    1. Bénédicte Vidaillet & V. D'Estaintot & P. Abécassis, 2005. "Introduction," Post-Print hal-00287137, HAL.
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