Network Science (VU)

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About the course

In recent years a new multidisciplinary research field Network Science emerged from various traditional fields such as computer science, physics, social science, or information theory. The researches in many fields recognized the nessecity to investigate not only properties of individuals but also their connections with other individuals. For example, the famous “Six Degrees of Separation” phenomenon from social sciences can be only explained by the existence of specific structural properties of social networks. Yet another example involves e.g. the success and growth of technologies such as the Internet or the Web. This fastest growth of any technology in the human history can be explained by simple dynamic properties (e.g. preferential attachment) of the network representations of the Internet and the Web.

In this course we will investigate and discuss some of such advanced questions in modern networks. In particular, we will mostly deal with information networks.