The European Physical Journal B

, Volume 76, Issue 1, pp 179–183 | Cite as

Information explosion on complex networks and control

Interdisciplinary Physics


When a piece of information spreads on a complex network, error or distortion can occur. For a high error probability, the phenomenon of information explosion can occur where the number of distinct pieces of information on the network increases continuously with time. We construct a physical model to address this phenomenon. The transition to information explosion as the error probability increases through a critical value is uncovered and elucidated, and a control strategy is articulated to maximize the robustness of the network against information explosion, which is validated by both numerical computations and a mean-field based analysis.


Data Packet Spreading Process Naming Game Neighboring Agent Network Robustness 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering, Arizona State UniversityTempeUSA
  2. 2.Department of PhysicsBeijing Normal UniversityBeijingP.R. China
  3. 3.Department of PhysicsArizona State UniversityTempeUSA

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