A unified approach to represent network adaptation principles by network reification

Jan Treur*

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In this chapter, the notion of network reification is introduced: a construction by which a given (base) network is extended by adding explicit states representing the characteristics defining the base network’s structure. This is explained for temporal-causal networks where connection weights, combination functions, and speed factors represent the characteristics for Connectivity, Aggregation, and Timing describing the network structure. Having the network structure represented in an explicit manner within the extended network enables to model the adaptation of the base network by dynamics within the reified network: an adaptive network is represented by a non-adaptive network. It is shown how the approach provides a unified modeling perspective on representing network adaptation principles across different domains. This is illustrated for a number of well-known network adaptation principles such as for Hebbian learning in Mental Networks and for network evolution based on homophily in Social Networks.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNetwork-Oriented Modeling for Adaptive Networks: Designing Higher-Order Adaptive Biological, Mental and Social Network Models
EditorsJan Treur
PublisherSpringer International Publishing AG
Number of pages40
ISBN (Electronic)9783030314453
ISBN (Print)9783030314446, 9783030314477
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Publication series

NameStudies in Systems, Decision and Control
ISSN (Print)2198-4182
ISSN (Electronic)2198-4190


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