Order statistics of observed network degrees
Abstract
This article discusses the properties of extremes of degree sequences calculated from network data. We introduce the notion of a normalized degree, in order to permit a comparison of degree sequences between networks with differing numbers of nodes. We model each normalized degree as a bounded continuous random variable, and determine the properties of the ordered kmaxima and minima of the normalized network degrees when they comprise a random sample from a Beta distribution. In this setting, their means and variances take a simplified form given by their ordering, and we discuss the relation of these quantities to other prescribed decays such as power laws. We verify the derived properties from simulated sets of normalized degrees, and discuss possible extensions to more flexible classes of distributions.
 Publication:

arXiv eprints
 Pub Date:
 October 2012
 arXiv:
 arXiv:1210.4377
 Bibcode:
 2012arXiv1210.4377O
 Keywords:

 Statistics  Methodology;
 Computer Science  Social and Information Networks;
 Physics  Physics and Society
 EPrint:
 8 pages, 1 figure