The Structure of complex networks: theory and applications

Ernesto Estrada

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This book deals with the analysis of the structure of complex networks by combining results from graph theory, physics, and pattern recognition. The book is divided into two parts. 11 chapters are dedicated to the development of theoretical tools for the structural analysis of networks, and 7 chapters are illustrating, in a critical way, applications of these tools to real-world scenarios. The first chapters provide detailed coverage of adjacency and metric and topological properties of networks, followed by chapters devoted to the analysis of individual fragments and fragment-based global invariants in complex networks. Chapters that analyse the concepts of communicability, centrality, bipartivity, expansibility and communities in networks follow. The second part of this book is devoted to the analysis of genetic, protein residue, protein-protein interaction, intercellular, ecological and socio-economic networks, including important breakthroughs as well as examples of the misuse of structural concepts.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages480
ISBN (Print)978-0-19-959175-6
Publication statusPublished - 20 Oct 2011


  • theoretical and statistical physics
  • statistical physics
  • optical physics
  • atomics


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