Centrality Scaling in Large Networks

Mária Ercsey-Ravasz and Zoltán Toroczkai
Phys. Rev. Lett. 105, 038701 – Published 16 July 2010


Betweenness centrality lies at the core of both transport and structural vulnerability properties of complex networks; however, it is computationally costly, and its measurement for networks with millions of nodes is nearly impossible. By introducing a multiscale decomposition of shortest paths, we show that the contributions to betweenness coming from geodesics not longer than L obey a characteristic scaling versus L, which can be used to predict the distribution of the full centralities. The method is also illustrated on a real-world social network of 5.5×106 nodes and 2.7×107 links.

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  • Received 2 March 2010


©2010 American Physical Society

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Mária Ercsey-Ravasz* and Zoltán Toroczkai

  • Interdisciplinary Center for Network Science and Applications (iCeNSA), Department of Physics, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana, 46556 USA

  • *mercseyr@nd.edu
  • toro@nd.edu

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Vol. 105, Iss. 3 — 16 July 2010

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