Are scale-free networks robust to measurement errors?

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Are scale-free networks robust to measurement errors?
Background: Many complex random networks have been found to be scale-free. Existing literature on scale-free networks has rarely considered potential false positive and false negative links in the observed networks, especially in biological networks inferred from high-throughput experiments. Therefore, it is important to study the impact of these measurement errors on the topology of the observed networks. Results: This article addresses the impact of erroneous links on network topological inference and explores possible error mechanisms for scale-free networks with an emphasis on Saccharomyces cerevisiae protein interaction networks. We study this issue by both theoretical derivations and simulations. We show that the ignorance of erroneous links in network analysis may lead to biased estimates of the scale parameter and recommend robust estimators in such scenarios. Possible error mechanisms of yeast protein interaction networks are explored by comparisons between real data and simu...
Nan Lin, Hongyu Zhao
Added 15 Dec 2010
Updated 15 Dec 2010
Type Journal
Year 2005
Authors Nan Lin, Hongyu Zhao
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