• Statistical mechanics formalism and methods for the analysis of real networks
  • Menichetti, Giulia <1986>


  • FIS/07 Fisica applicata (a beni culturali, ambientali, biologia e medicina)


  • This thesis provides a thoroughly theoretical background in network theory and shows novel applications to real problems and data. In the first chapter a general introduction to network ensembles is given, and the relations with “standard” equilibrium statistical mechanics are described. Moreover, an entropy measure is considered to analyze statistical properties of the integrated PPI-signalling-mRNA expression networks in different cases. In the second chapter multilayer networks are introduced to evaluate and quantify the correlations between real interdependent networks. Multiplex networks describing citation-collaboration interactions and patterns in colorectal cancer are presented. The last chapter is completely dedicated to control theory and its relation with network theory. We characterise how the structural controllability of a network is affected by the fraction of low in-degree and low out-degree nodes. Finally, we present a novel approach to the controllability of multiplex networks


  • 2014-03-20


  • Doctoral Thesis
  • PeerReviewed


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Menichetti, Giulia (2014) Statistical mechanics formalism and methods for the analysis of real networks, [Dissertation thesis], Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna. Dottorato di ricerca in Fisica , 27 Ciclo. DOI 10.6092/unibo/amsdottorato/6774.