Abstract

We develop a general framework to analyze the controllability of multiplex networks using multiple-relation networks and multiple-layer networks with interlayer couplings as two classes of prototypical systems. In the former, networks associated with different physical variables share the same set of nodes and in the latter, diffusion processes take place. We find that, for a multiple-relation network, a layer exists that dominantly determines the controllability of the whole network and, for a multiple-layer network, a small fraction of the interconnections can enhance the controllability remarkably. Our theory is generally applicable to other types of multiplex networks as well, leading to significant insights into the control of complex network systems with diverse structures and interacting patterns.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number103036
JournalNew Journal of Physics
Volume16
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 24 2014

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Keywords

  • Controllability
  • Diffusion
  • Mulitplex networks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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