Identifying super-spreader nodes in complex networks

Yu Hsiang Fu, Chung Yuan Huang*, Chuen-Tsai Sun

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Identifying the most influential individuals spreading information or infectious diseases can assist or hinder information dissemination, product exposure, and contagious disease detection. Hub nodes, high betweenness nodes, high closeness nodes, and high k-shell nodes have been identified as good initial spreaders, but efforts to use node diversity within network structures to measure spreading ability are few. Here we describe a two-step framework that combines global diversity and local features to identify the most influential network nodes. Results from susceptible-infected-recovered epidemic simulations indicate that our proposed method performs well and stably in single initial spreader scenarios associated with various complex network datasets.

Original languageEnglish
Article number675713
Number of pages9
JournalMathematical Problems in Engineering
StatePublished - Jun 2015

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