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ABOUT MODELLING OF COMPLEX NETWORKS WITH APPLICATIONS TO TERRORIST GROUP MODELLING

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Author(s): Drazen Penzar | Armano Srbljinovic

Journal: Interdisciplinary Description of Complex Systems
ISSN 1334-4684

Volume: 3;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 27;
Date: 2005;
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Keywords: complex networks | network structure | network properties

ABSTRACT
Based on available data on various organisations and networks, the article explores some key properties of the structure of a terrorist organisation. Analytical focus is on lower levels of organisational hierarchy, where network structure with exponential distribution of the number of links among network nodes is clearly visible. Such networks tend to grow organically, are very efficient in information diffusion, and are robust regarding stochastic failures and targeted attacks. These network features are illustrated by recent example based on network data about September 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington.
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