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In this paper, a new multi-hop weighted clustering procedure is proposed for homogeneous Mobile Ad hoc networks. The algorithm generates double star embedded non-overlapping cluster structures, where each cluster is managed by a leader node and a substitute for the leader node (in case of failure of leader node). The weight of a node is a linear combination of six different graph theoretic parameters which deal with the communication capability of a node both in terms of quality and quantity, the relative closeness relationship between network nodes and the maximum and average distance traversed by a node for effective communication. This paper deals with the design and analysis of the algorithm and some of the graph theoretic/structural properties of the clusters obtained are also discussed.
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