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Measuring the Effectiveness of the s-Metric to Produce Better Network Models



Isabel M. Beichl, Brian D. Cloteaux


Recent research has shown that while many complex networks follow a power-law distribution for their vertex degrees, it is not sufficient to model these networks based only on their degree distribution. In order to better distinguish between these networks, the metric s was introduced to measure how interconnected the hub nodes are in a network. We examine the effectiveness of creating network models based on this metric. Through a series of computational experiments, we compare how well a set of common structural network metrics are preserved between instances of the autonomous system Internet topology and a series of random models with identical degree sequences and similar s values. We demonstrate that creating models based on the s metric can produce moderate improvement in structural characteristics over strictly using degree distribution. Our results also indicate that some interesting relationships exist between the s metric and the various structural metrics.
Proceedings Title
Proceedings of the Winter Simulation Conference
Conference Dates
December 7-10, 2008
Conference Location
Miami, FL, USA


network models, s metric


Beichl, I. and Cloteaux, B. (2008), Measuring the Effectiveness of the s-Metric to Produce Better Network Models, Proceedings of the Winter Simulation Conference, Miami, FL, USA, [online], (Accessed April 23, 2024)
Created December 6, 2008, Updated October 12, 2021