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A Random Growth Model with any Real or Theoretical Degree Distribution

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Abstract

The degree distributions of complex networks are usually considered to follow a power law distribution. However, it is not the case for a large number of them. We thus propose a new model able to build random growing networks with (almost) any wanted degree distribution. The degree distribution can either be theoretical or extracted from a real-world network. The main idea is to invert the recurrence equation commonly used to compute the degree distribution in order to find a convenient attachment function for node connections-commonly chosen as linear. We compute this attachment function for some classical distributions, as the power-law, the broken power-law, and the geometric distributions. We also use the model on an undirected version of the Twitter network, for which the degree distribution has an unusual shape. We finally show that the divergence of chosen attachment functions is directly linked to the heavy-tailed property of the obtained degree distributions.
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hal-03858432 , version 1 (17-11-2022)

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Frédéric Giroire, Stéphane Pérennes, Thibaud Trolliet. A Random Growth Model with any Real or Theoretical Degree Distribution. Theoretical Computer Science, 2023, 940 (Part A), pp.36-51. ⟨10.1016/j.tcs.2022.10.036⟩. ⟨hal-03858432⟩
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