Moment-Based Analysis of Spreading Processes from Network Structural Information
The intricate structure of many large-scale networked systems has attracted the attention of the scientific community, leading to many results attempting to explain the relationship between network structural properties and dynamical performance. A common approach to study this relationship is the usage of synthetic network models in which the researcher can prescribe structural properties of interest, such as degree distributions. Researchers then estimate performance metrics of the synthetic network and study the effect of structural variations in these metrics. Although very common, this approach present a major flaw: Synthetic network models implicitly induce structural properties that are not directly controlled and can be relevant to the network dynamical performance.