Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Networks: An Introduction by Mark Newman

Networks: An Introduction
By M. E. J. Newman
Hardback, 784 pages
Oxford University Press, March 2010
ISBN13: 9780199206650
ISBN10: 0199206651


"The study of networks, including computer networks, social networks, and biological networks, has attracted an enormous amount of interest in the last few years. The rise of the Internet and the wide availability of inexpensive computers have made it possible to gather and analyze network data on an unprecedented scale, and the development of new theoretical tools has allowed us to extract knowledge from networks of many different kinds. The study of networks is broadly interdisciplinary and central developments have occurred in many fields, including mathematics, physics, computer and information sciences, biology, and the social sciences. This book brings together for the first time the most important breakthroughs in each of these fields and presents them in a coherent fashion, highlighting the strong interconnections between work in different areas. Topics covered include the measurement and structure of networks, methods for analyzing network data, including methods developed in physics, statistics, and sociology, graph theory, computer algorithms, mathematical models of networks, including random graph models and generative models, and theories of dynamical processes taking place on networks."

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