Information explosion on complex networks and control

X. J. Ma, W. X. Wang, Ying-Cheng Lai, Z. Zheng

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Abstract

When a piece of information spreads on a complex network, error or distortion can occur. For a high error probability, the phenomenon of information explosion can occur where the number of distinct pieces of information on the network increases continuously with time. We construct a physical model to address this phenomenon. The transition to information explosion as the error probability increases through a critical value is uncovered and elucidated, and a control strategy is articulated to maximize the robustness of the network against information explosion, which is validated by both numerical computations and a mean-field based analysis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)179-183
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Physical Journal B
Volume76
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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