Reliability of optimal linear projection of growing scale-free networks

Pau Erola*, Javier Borge-Holthoefer, Sergio Gomez, Alex Arenas

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Singular Value Decomposition (SVD) is a technique based on linear projection theory, which has been frequently used for data analysis. It constitutes an optimal (in the sense of least squares) decomposition of a matrix in the most relevant directions of the data variance. Usually, this information is used to reduce the dimensionality of the data set in a few principal projection directions, this is called Truncated Singular Value Decomposition (TSVD). In situations where the data is continuously changing, the projection might become obsolete. Since the change rate of data can be fast, it is an interesting question whether the TSVD projection of the initial data is reliable. In the case of complex networks, this scenario is particularly important when considering network growth. Here we study the reliability of the TSVD projection of growing scale-free networks, monitoring its evolution at global and local scales.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1250159
JournalInternational Journal of Bifurcation and Chaos
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012


  • evolving graph
  • stability
  • Truncated singular value decomposition


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