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Special Issue "Models, Topology and Inference of Multilayer and Higher-Order Networks"

A special issue of Entropy (ISSN 1099-4300). This special issue belongs to the section "Statistical Physics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 September 2023 | Viewed by 149

Special Issue Editors

1. School of Mathematical Sciences, Queen Mary University of London, London E1 4NS, UK
2. The Alan Turing Institute, London NW1 2DB, UK
Interests: statistical mechanics and information theory of networks; multilayer networks; higher-order networks; simplicial complexes; hypergraphs; biological networks
1. School of Mathematical Sciences, University of Southampton, Southampton SO17 1BJ, UK
2. The Alan Turing Institute, London NW1 2DB, UK
Interests: network modelling and analysis; multilayer networks; higher-order networks; hypergraphs; applied topology; biological networks
1. School of Mathematical Sciences, Queen Mary University of London, London E1 4NS, UK
2. The Alan Turing Institute, London NW1 2DB, UK
Interests: multilayer networks; higher-order networks; network embedding; random walks; community detection; information theory of networks; biological networks; systems biology

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Guest Editor Assistant
School of Mathematical Sciences, Queen Mary University of London, London E1 4NS, UK
Interests: percolation theory; higher-order networks; multilayer networks; epidemic spreading; hypergraphs

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In recent years, network science has moved from the study of simple networks to the investigation of more complex representations, including multilayer and higher-order structures. These new representations enable researchers to overcome some of the limitations of simple networks by integrating both heterogeneous and higher-order information; consequently, more information can be extracted from data, and the interplay between network structure and dynamics can be more effectively captured. In particular, new perspectives on information theory and inference on networks, combined with network topology and geometry, enable the development of new inference algorithms that offer new ways of analyzing multilayer and higher-order networks. Moreover, going beyond simple pairwise networks is key to revealing important topological and geometrical aspects of dynamical processes and offers a unique opportunity to better understand dynamics on networks. 

Therefore, we welcome contributions including, but not limited to, the following topics:

Multilayer networks
Higher-order networks

Information theory of  networks:
Applied topology
Higher-order network geometry
Higher-order network representation
Multilayer/hypergraph network embedding
Visualization of higher-order networks
Inference algorithms
Community detection 
Bayesian inference
Higher-order/multilayer centrality measures

Dynamical models/higher-order dynamics:
Diffusion models/random walks
Epidemic spreading/contagion 
Percolation models
Higher-order cascading failure models
Dynamics in the presence of triadic interactions

Prof. Dr. Ginestra Bianconi
Dr. Rubén J. Sánchez-García
Dr. Anthony Baptista
Guest Editors

Hanlin Sun
Guest Editor Assistant

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  • information theory of networks
  • Bayesian inference of networks
  • network models
  • network filtering
  • network dynamics
  • higher-order networks
  • multilayer networks
  • topological methods
  • topological signals

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