Growing scale-free networks with small-world behavior

  • Klemm K
  • Eguíluz V
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Abstract

In the context of growing networks, we introduce a simple dynamical model that unifies the generic features of real networks: scale-free distribution of degree and the small world effect. While the average shortest path length increases logartihmically as in random networks, the clustering coefficient assumes a large value independent of system size. We derive expressions for the clustering coefficient in two limiting cases: random (C ~ (ln N)^2 / N) and highly clustered (C = 5/6) scale-free networks.

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