Betweenness Preference: Quantifying Correlations in the Topological Dynamics of Temporal Networks

René Pfitzner, Ingo Scholtes, Antonios Garas, Claudio J. Tessone, and Frank Schweitzer
Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 198701 – Published 10 May 2013


We study correlations in temporal networks and introduce the notion of betweenness preference. It allows us to quantify to what extent paths, existing in time-aggregated representations of temporal networks, are actually realizable based on the sequence of interactions. We show that betweenness preference is present in empirical temporal network data and that it influences the length of the shortest time-respecting paths. Using four different data sets, we further argue that neglecting betweenness preference leads to wrong conclusions about dynamical processes on temporal networks.

  • Received 8 August 2012


© 2013 American Physical Society

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René Pfitzner*, Ingo Scholtes, Antonios Garas, Claudio J. Tessone§, and Frank Schweitzer

  • ETH Zurich, Chair of Systems Design, Weinbergstrasse 56/58, 8092 Zurich, Switzerland

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