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Modeling community succession and assembly: A novel method for network evolution

Author(s): WenJun Zhang

Journal: Network Biology
ISSN 2220-8879

Volume: 2;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 69;
Date: 2012;
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Keywords: community succession | assembly | network evolution | mechanism | modeling

The process of modeling community succession and assembly is in some sense a method for network evolution, as done by Barabasi and Albert (1999). It is also one of the methods to create a sample networkfrom the statistic network I proposed earlier. I think that the mechanism of network evolution supposed by Barabasi and Albert is most likely applicable to the natural phenomena with emergency property. For natural phenomena without emergency property, the present study indicated that a scale-free network may be produced through a new mechanism, i.e., whether the connection of a taxon x occurs, dependent on the type and property of taxon y (in particular, the degree of its direct correlation with x) to be connected but not necessarily the existing number of connections of taxon y, as proposed in present study.
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