Special Issue "Information Theory in Complex Networks"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2020).
Interests: complex systems; network science; evolution of technology; natural computation; artificial intelligence
Many complex systems are described by a network of interactions between their often-large number of components. Beyond the specific nature of each system, they are often characterized by a number of universal features. Two recurrent patterns are a heterogeneous distribution of connectivity and the average shortest path lengths connecting any pair of nodes. Another important trait is the hierarchical–modular organisation of many biological and artificial systems. Such structural patterns have been linked to adaptive, functional traits like enhanced robustness against external perturbations or efficient information processing.
Information theory opens a promising roadmap to quantify the complexity of networks. This is particularly relevant when solving inference problems in complex networks, i.e., how to extract the information encoded in network topologies. On the other hand, it has also been proposed that complex structures emerge from evolutionary mechanisms subject to diverse constraints. The application of information theory might help to identify both driving mechanisms as well as structural constraints.
This Special Issue aims to present the latest developments in information theory of complex networks. Contributions applying or extending key concepts from information theory to the analysis of complex networks are very welcome. In particular, both theoretical models and the empirical analysis of real-world natural and artificial complex networks using information theory fall within the scope of this Special issue.
Dr. Sergi Valverde
Dr. Harold Fellerman
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- Complex networks
- Information theory
- Statistical physics
- Natural, sociotechnical and artificial networks
- Dynamics on and dynamics of networks
- Information flow in and information processing by networks
- Information based data analysis and inference