Analyzing and modeling real-world phenomena with complex networks: A survey of applications

Luciano Da Fontoura Costa, Osvaldo N. Oliveira, Gonzalo Travieso, Francisco Aparecido Rodrigues, Paulino Ribeiro Villas Boas, Lucas Antiqueira, Matheus Palhares Viana, Luis Enrique Correa da Rocha

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The success of new scientific areas can be assessed by their potential in contributing to new theoretical approaches and in applications to real-world problems. Complex networks have fared extremely well in both of these aspects, with their sound theoretical basis being developed over the years and with a variety of applications. In this survey, we analyze the applications of complex networks to real-world problems and data, with emphasis in representation, analysis and modeling. A diversity of phenomena are surveyed, which may be classified into no less than 11 areas, providing a clear indication of the impact of the field of complex networks.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)329-412
Number of pages84
JournalAdvances in Chemical Physics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • collective phenomena
  • complex networks
  • complex system
  • network analysis
  • network theory


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