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NATURE: Error and attack tolerance of complex networks
From: Anthony Townsend <townsnda () yahoo com>
Date: Mon, 24 Sep 2001 15:16:02 -0700 (PDT)


this is interesting, published late last year.

NATURE
Error and attack tolerance of complex networks 

RÉKA ALBERT, HAWOONG JEONG & ALBERT-LÁSZLÓ BARABÁSI 

http://www.nature.com/cgi-taf/DynaPage.taf?file=/nature/journal/v406/n6794/full/406378a0_fs.html&_UserReference=C0A804ED4650CFB95F82A6651F4B3BAF6B7C


"We find that such networks display an unexpected
degree of robustness, the ability of their nodes to
communicate being unaffected even by unrealistically
high failure rates. However, error tolerance comes at
a high price in that these networks are extremely
vulnerable to attacks (that is, to the selection and
removal of a few nodes that play a vital role in
maintaining the network's connectivity). Such error
tolerance and attack vulnerability are generic
properties of communication networks."


--- "Dickson, Brian" <brian.dickson () velocita com>
wrote:

Even if diversity exists, we need to consider (from
an engineering
perspective) capacity requirements.


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