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Evolving enhanced topologies for the synchronization of dynamical complex networks

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Original languageEnglish
Article number056212
Pages (from-to)-
Number of pages13
JournalPhysical Review E
Journal issue5
StatePublished - 21 May 2010


Enhancing the synchronization of dynamical networks is of great interest to those designing and analyzing many man-made and natural systems. In this work, we investigate how network topology can be evolved to improve this property through the rewiring of edges. A computational tool called NETEVO performs this task using a simulated annealing metaheuristic. In contrast to other work which considers topological attributes when assessing current performance, we instead take a dynamical approach using simulated output from the system to direct the evolution of the network. Resultant topologies are analyzed using standard network measures, B matrices, and motif distributions. These uncover the convergence of many similar features for all our networks, highlighting also significant differences between those evolved using topological rather than dynamical performance measures.

Research areas

  • topological bifurcation, coupled dynamical systems, evolution



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