# An introduction to networks

#### An introduction to networks

- Event time: 11:30am
- Event date: 20th June 2012
- Speaker: Steve Court (University of Edinburgh)
- Location: Room 2511, James Clerk Maxwell Building (JCMB) James Clerk Maxwell Building Peter Guthrie Tait Road Edinburgh EH9 3FD GB

### Event details

I plan to give a general overview of some aspects of network theory. I'll explain what networks are and their properties of interest. I'll briefly describe the famous models of Erdos and Renyni (random networks) and Watts & Strogatz (small world networks) and describe their main features. I'll then introduce the famous scale-free model developed by Barabasi et al. and show a simple mean field type method for finding its degree distribution. I will conclude by describing some of the work that's been done extending this model to more accurately describe real-world data and its importance. Maybe. Who knows what could happen by Wednesday.

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