We propose a systematic, rigorous mathematical optimization methodology for the construction, "on demand," of network structures that are guaranteed to possess a prescribed collective property: the degree-dependent clustering. The ability to generate such realizations of networks is important not only for creating artificial networks that can perform desired functions, but also to facilitate the study of networks as part of other algorithms. This problem exhibits large combinatorial complexity and is difficult to solve with off-the-shelf commercial optimization software. To that end, we also present a customized preprocessing algorithm that allows us to judiciously fix certain problem variables and, thus, significantly reduce computational times. Results from the application of the framework to data sets resulting from simulations of an acquaintance network formation model are presented.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Control and Optimization
- Graph theory
- Mathematical optimization