The study of networks has received a growing interest over the last decade, particularly due to the increasing „connectedness“ of our society, or better said the change in patterns of connectedness: while some decades ago social relations were restricted to geographically close neighborhoods, the rapid growth of the Internet together with the growing affordability of air transportation have removed such restrictions. Social relations, information as well as epidemics, computer viruses and financial crisis spread around the globe with surprising speed and intensity. These phenomena are possible because of the networks that connect us, and their understanding and analysis is part of the field of network analysis.
Network analysis is an interdisciplinary field that combines ideas and findings from mathematics, social sciences, biology, economics, physics, and many other areas. Each discipline has contributed techniques and perspectives. This class provides an overview of the field, covering the main phenomena that can be revealed by analysing the structure of complex networks. We will cover the following topics:
Each lecture will mention precisely the relevant pages from each book. Additional material and articles will also be provided when needed.
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