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Complex Webs : Anticipating the Improbable

Author: Bruce J West; Paolo Grigolini
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Complex Webs synthesises modern mathematical developments with a broad range of complex network applications of interest to the engineer and system scientist, presenting the common principles, algorithms, and tools governing network behaviour, dynamics, and complexity. The authors investigate multiple mathematical approaches to inverse power laws and expose the myth of normal statistics to describe natural and
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Bruce J West; Paolo Grigolini
ISBN: 9780521113663 0521113660
OCLC Number: 650210069
Description: x, 375 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: Webs --
Webs, trees and branches --
Mostly linear dynamics --
Random walks and chaos --
Non-analytic dynamics --
Brief recent history of webs --
Dynamics of chance.
Responsibility: Bruce J. West, Paolo Grigolini.
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