Attack vulnerability of scale-free networks due to cascading breakdown

Liang Zhao, Kwangho Park, Ying-Cheng Lai

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A model for cascading failures in complex networks and uncover a phase-transition phenomenon in terms of the key parameter characterizing the node capacity was investigated. It was suggested that cascading breakdown in scale-free networks can be understood in terms of a phase transition. For parameter value below the phase-transition point, cascading failures were suggested to cause the network to disintegrate almost entirely. A theoretical estimate for the phase-transition point was also obtained and a numerical check was provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number035101
Pages (from-to)035101-1-035101-4
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
Issue number3 2
StatePublished - Sep 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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