Euler-Lagrange Network Dynamics

  • Jianjia WangEmail author
  • Richard C. Wilson
  • Edwin R. Hancock
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10746)


In this paper, we investigate network evolution dynamics using the Euler-Lagrange equation. We use the Euler-Lagrange equation to develop a variational principle based on the von Neumann entropy for time-varying network structure. Commencing from recent work to approximate the von Neumann entropy using simple degree statistics, the changes in entropy between different time epochs are determined by correlations in the degree difference in the edge connections. Our Euler-Lagrange equation minimises the change in entropy and allows to develop a dynamic model to predict the changes of node degree with time. We first explore the effect of network dynamics on three widely studied complex network models, namely (a) Erdős-Rényi random graphs, (b) Watts-Strogatz small-world networks, and (c) Barabási-Albert scale-free networks. Our model effectively captures the structural transitions in the dynamic network models. We also apply our model to a time sequence of networks representing the evolution of stock prices on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). Here we use the model to differentiate between periods of stable and unstable stock price trading and to detect periods of anomalous network evolution. Our experiments show that the presented model not only provides an accurate simulation of the degree statistics in time-varying networks but also captures the topological variations taking place when the structure of a network changes violently.


Dynamic networks Approximate von Neumann entropy Euler-Lagrange equation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jianjia Wang
    • 1
    Email author
  • Richard C. Wilson
    • 1
  • Edwin R. Hancock
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of YorkYorkUK

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