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COMS 6998-06 Network Theory Week 2: January 31, 2008. Dragomir R. Radev Thursdays, 6-8 PM 233 Mudd Spring 2008. (3) Random graphs. Statistical analysis of networks. We want to be able to describe the behavior of networks under certain assumptions.

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coms 6998 06 network theory week 2 january 31 2008

COMS 6998-06 Network TheoryWeek 2: January 31, 2008

Dragomir R. Radev

Thursdays, 6-8 PM

233 Mudd

Spring 2008

statistical analysis of networks
Statistical analysis of networks
  • We want to be able to describe the behavior of networks under certain assumptions.
  • The behavior is described by the diameter, clustering coefficient, degree distribution, size of the largest connected component, the presence and count of complete subgraphs, etc.
  • For statistical analysis, we need to introduce the concept of a random graph.
erdos renyi model
Erdos-Renyi model
  • A very simple model with several variants.
  • We fix n and connect each candidate edge with probability p. This defines an ensemble Gn,p
  • The two examples below are specific instances of G10,0.2. In other models, m is fixed. There are also versions in which some graphs are more likely than others, etc.

Try Pajek

erdos renyi model5
Erdos-Renyi model
  • We are interested in the computation of specific properties of E-R random graphs.
  • The number ofcandidate edges is:
  • The actual number of edges mis on average:
  • We will look at the actual distribution in a bit.
  • The expected value of a Poisson-distributed random variable is equal to λ and so is its variance.
  • The mode of a Poisson-distributed random variable with non-integer λ is equal to floor(λ), which is the largest integer less than or equal to λ. When λ is a positive integer, the modes are λ and λ − 1.
degree distribution
Degree distribution
  • The probability p(k) that a node has a degree k is Binomial:
  • In practice, this is the Poisson distribution for large n (n >> kz)where l is the mean degree
  • Average degree = l= 2m/n = p(n-1) ≈ pn
giant component size
Giant component size
  • Let v be the number of nodes that are not in the giant component. Then u=v/n is the fraction of the graph outside of the giant component.
  • If a node is outside of the giant component, its k neighbors are too. The probability of this happening is uk.
  • Let S=1-u. We now haveFor l<1, the only non-negative solution is S=0For l>1 (after the phase transition), the only non-negative solution is the size of the giant component
  • At the phase transition, the component sizes are distributed according to a power law with exponent 5/2.
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Giant component size
  • Similarly one can prove that

[Newman 2003]

  • A given vertex i has Ni1 first neighbors. The expected value of this number is l.
  • But we also know that l = pn.
  • Now move to Ni2. This is the number of second neighbors of i. Let’s make the assumption that these are the neighbors of the first neighbors. So,
  • What does this remind you of?
  • When must the procedure end?
diameter cont d
Diameter (cont’d)

For D equal to the diameter of the graph:

At all distances:

In other words (after taking a logarithm):

are e r graphs realistic
Are E-R graphs realistic?
  • They have small world properties (diameter is logarithmic in the size of the graph)
  • But low clustering coefficient. Example for autonomous internet systems, compare 0.30 with 0.0004 [Pastor-Satorras and Vespignani]
  • And unrealistic degree distributions
  • Not to mention skinny tails
clustering coefficient
Clustering coefficient
  • Given a vertex i and its two real neighbors j and k, what is the probability that the graph contains an edge between j and k.
  • Ci = #triangles at i / #triples at I
  • C = average over all Ci
  • Typical value in real graphs can be as high as 50% [Newman 2002].
  • In random graphs, C = p (ignoring the fact that j and k share a neighbor (i).
some real networks
Some real networks
  • From Newman 2002:
graphs with predetermined degree sequences
Graphs with predetermined degree sequences
  • Bender and Canfield introduced this concept.
  • For a given degree sequence, gie the same statistical weight to all graphs in the ensemble.
  • Generate a random sequence in proportion to the predefined sequence
  • Note that the sum of degrees must be even.
list of packages
List of packages
  • Pajek:
  • Jung:
  • Guess:
  • Networkx:
  • Pynetconv:
  • Clairlib: