Targeting the dynamics of complex networks Articles uri icon

publication date

  • May 2012

start page

  • 1

end page

  • 5


  • 396


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International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 2045-2322


  • We report on a generic procedure to steer (target) a network's dynamics towards a given, desired evolution.The problem is here tackled through a Master Stability Function approach, assessing the stability of theaimed dynamics, and through a selection of nodes to be targeted. We show that the degree of a node is acrucial element in this selection process, and that the targeting mechanism is most effective in heterogeneousscale-free architectures. This makes the proposed approach applicable to the large majority of natural andman-made networked systems.