A NEW RANDOM REWIRING METHOD TO TRANSFORM FRACTAL NETWORKS INTO SMALL-WORLD NETWORKSJIAN-HUI LI, ZU-GUO YU, VO V. ANH, JIN-LONG LIU, AN-QI PENG
- Applied Mathematics
- Geometry and Topology
- Modeling and Simulation
The fractal and small-word properties are two important properties of complex networks. In this paper, we propose a new random rewiring method to transform fractal networks into small-world networks. We theoretically prove that the proposed method can retain the degree of all nodes (hence the degree distribution) and the connectivity of the network. Further, we also theoretically prove that our method also retains the tree structure of tree graphs. Our method can transform many different types of fractal networks into small-world networks while the degree distribution and connectivity of these networks remain unchanged, demonstrating the generality of small-world networks. In addition, the method also works for other types of complex networks. The rewiring method proposed in this paper can be used in a broader range of applications of network analysis.