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Order statistics of observed network degrees

Olhede, SC; Wolfe, PJ; Order statistics of observed network degrees.

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Abstract

This article discusses the properties of extremes of degree sequences calculated from network data. We introduce the notion of a normalized degree, in order to permit a comparison of degree sequences between networks with differing numbers of nodes. We model each normalized degree as a bounded continuous random variable, and determine the properties of the ordered k-maxima and minima of the normalized network degrees when they comprise a random sample from a Beta distribution. In this setting, their means and variances take a simplified form given by their ordering, and we discuss the relation of these quantities to other prescribed decays such as power laws. We verify the derived properties from simulated sets of normalized degrees, and discuss possible extensions to more flexible classes of distributions.

Type: Article
Title: Order statistics of observed network degrees
Additional information: 8 pages, 1 figure
Keywords: stat.ME, stat.ME, cs.SI, physics.soc-ph
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Dept of Statistical Science
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1376686
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