Complex networks

Lies, damned lies and statistics

Statistical physics can reveal the fabric of complex networks, for example, potential oligarchies formed by its best-connected members. But care has to be taken to avoid jumping to conclusions.

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Figure 1: Cautionary tale for network analysis.

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Nunes Amaral, L., Guimera, R. Lies, damned lies and statistics. Nature Phys 2, 75–76 (2006). https://doi.org/10.1038/nphys228

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