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dc.contributor.authorAlderson, David
dc.contributor.authorUbiquity Staff
dc.dateAugust 4 - 10, 2009
dc.date.accessioned2017-01-21T01:22:48Z
dc.date.available2017-01-21T01:22:48Z
dc.date.issued2009-08
dc.identifier.citationDenning, Peter. "An Interview with David Alderson: In Search of the Real Network Science." Ubiquity 2009.August (2009): 1.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/51443
dc.description.abstractSince Duncan Watts and Steve Strogatz published “Collective Dynamics of Small-World Networks” in Nature in 1998, there has been an explosion of interest in mathematical models of large networks, leading to numerous research papers and books. These works have given us new measures of large networks including hub nodes, broker nodes, connection path length, small-world phenomena, six degrees of separation, power laws of connectivity, and scale-free networks. The National Research Council carried out a study evaluating the emergence of a new area called “network science,” which could provide the mathematics and experimental methods for characterizing, predicting, and designing networks. The new area has its share of controversies. An example is whether the power law distribution of number of nodes of given connectivity leads to valid conclusions for real networks. The power law distribution predicts that the network will have hubs—a few nodes with high connectivity—and has led to the claim that such networks are vulnerable to attacks against the hubs. The Internet has been reported to follow power law connectivity but its design resists hub failures. How might we explain this anomaly? David Alderson has become a leading advocate for formulating the foundations of network science so that its predictions can be applied to real networks. He is an assistant professor in the Operations Research Department at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., where he conducts research with military officer-students on the operation, attack, and defense of network infrastructure systems. We interviewed him to find out what is going on. (Peter Denning, Editor)en_US
dc.publisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)en_US
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.en_US
dc.titleIn Search of the Real Network Science, An Interview with David Aldersonen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.contributor.departmentComputer Science (CS)


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