Abstract. In this paper we study the reconstruction of a network topology from the values of its betweenness centrality, a measure of the influence of each of its nodes in the dissemination of information over the network. We consider a simple metaheuristic, simulated annealing, as the combinatorial optimization method to generate the network from the values of the betweenness centrality. We compare the performance of this technique when reconstructing different categories of networks –random, regular, small-world, scale-free and clustered–. We show that the method allows an exact reconstruction of small networks and leads to good topological approximations in the case of networks with larger orders. The method can be used to generate a quasi-optimal topology for a communication network from a list with the values of the maximum allowable traffic for each node.
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