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Multilayer NetworksStructure and Function$
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Ginestra Bianconi

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198753919

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198753919.001.0001

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Complex Systems as Multilayer Networks

Complex Systems as Multilayer Networks

(p.3) 1 Complex Systems as Multilayer Networks
Multilayer Networks

Ginestra Bianconi

Oxford University Press

Chapter 1 constitutes Part I of the book: ‘Single and Multilayer Networks’. This chapter introduces multilayer networks as an important new development of Network Science that allows a more comprehensive understanding of Complex Systems. It identifies the main motivations driving the research activity in this field of multilayer networks and emphasizes the benefits of taking a multilayer network perpective to characterize network data. The main advantages of a multilayer network approach with respect to the more traditional single layer characterization of complex networks are broadly discussed, focusing on the information gain resulting from the analysis of multilayer networks, the non-reducibility of a multilayer network to a large single network and the rich interplay between structure and function in multilayer networks.

Keywords:   Network Science, complex system, complex networks, single layer, multilayer network, information, structure and function

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