A Map of Approaches to Temporal Networks

Petter Holme, Jari Saramäki

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The study of temporal networks is motivated by the simple and important observation that just as network structure can affect dynamics, so can structure in time, and just as network topology can teach us about the system in question, so can its temporal characteristics. In many cases, leaving out either one of these components would lead to an incomplete understanding of the system or poor predictions. Including time into network modeling, we argue, inevitably leads researchers away from the trodden paths of network science. Temporal network theory requires something different—new methods, new concepts, new questions—compared to static networks. In this introductory chapter, we give an overview of the ideas that the field of temporal networks has brought forward in the last decade. We also place the contributions to the current volume on this map of temporal-network approaches.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTemporal Network Theory
Place of PublicationCham
Number of pages24
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2019
MoE publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book

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