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Synchronizability of complex networks with community structure

By M Jalili

Abstract

Many real-world networks show community structure characterized by dense intra-community connections and sparse inter-community links. In this paper we investigated the synchronization properties of such networks. In this work we constructed such networks in a way that they consist of a number of communities with scale-free or small-world structure. Furthermore, with a probability, the intra-community connections are rewired to inter-community links. Two synchronizability measures were considered as the eigenratio of the Laplacian matrix and the phase order parameter obtained for coupled nonidentical Kuramoto oscillators. We found a power-law relation between the eigenratio and the inter-community rewiring probability in which as the rewiring probability increased, the eigenratio decreased, and hence, the synchronizability enhanced. The phase order parameter also increased by increasing the rewiring probability. Also, small-world networks with community structure showed better synchronization properties as compared to scale-free networks with community structure

Topics: Dynamical Systems in Applications, Complex Physical Systems, Complex networks, synchronizability, scale-free networks, small-world networks, networks with community structure
Publisher: World Scientific Publishing (Singapore)
Year: 2012
OAI identifier: oai:researchbank.rmit.edu.au:rmit:23421
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