Table 1 Summary of different network types, describing the type of information flowing along edges and the consequences for weight transformation.

From: Ecological networks: Pursuing the shortest path, however narrow and crooked

Network typeEdge weightProportionality to information flowRequires transformationExample references
LandscapeCost-distanceInverseNo11,20
 Dispersal probabilityDirectYes10,44
 Dispersal timeInverseNo12
 Exchange of individualsDirectYes45
 Genetic similarityDirectYes46,47
InteractionFrequenciesDirectYes48,49
 Shared traits, affinityDirectYes50,51
 Trophic (or energy) flowDirectYes52,53
  1. Landscape networks are spatially-explicit, while interaction networks depict relationships among entities. Social networks are here included as interaction networks, where shared traits include shared interacting organisms, foraging time, etc. depicting social relationships or common characteristics.