Degree Distribution, Rank-size Distribution, and Leadership Persistence in Mediation-Driven Attachment Networks

Hassan, M. K., Islam, L., & Haque, S. A.
Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications
469, 23-30. 10.1016/j.physa.2016.11.001
March 1, 2017


We investigate the growth of a class of networks in which a new node first picks a mediator at random and connects with m randomly chosen neighbors of the mediator at each time step. We show that the degree distribution in such a mediation-driven attachment (MDA)network exhibits power-law P(k) ∼ k−γ (m) with a spectrum of exponents depending on m. To appreciate the contrast between MDA and Barabási–Albert (BA) networks, we then discuss their rank-size distribution. To quantify how long a leader, the node with the maximum degree, persists in its leadership as the network evolves, we investigate the leadership persistence probability F (τ ) i.e. the probability that a leader retains its leadership up to time τ . We find that it exhibits a power-law F (τ ) ∼ τ−θ (m) with persistence exponent θ (m) ≈ 1.51 ∀ m in MDA networks and θ (m) → 1.53 exponentially with m in BA networks..

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