A Principle for Network Science

Report No. ARL-MR-0766
Authors: Bruce J. West and Paolo Grigolini
Date/Pages: February 2011; 18 pages
Abstract: Network Science forms one of the most challenging areas of modern research overarching the traditional scientific disciplines. Of particular importance is the manner in which information is shuttled back and forth between complex networks, and whether or not there exists general principles that guide the flow of information. Herein, we identify Wiener's rule, which conjectures how information is transferred in an information-dominated process. Moreover, we show that this rule is a consequence of a Principle of Complexity Management (PCM) that determines the efficiency of information exchange between complex networks and has been proven in a mathematically rigorous manner in the past year. The applications of PCM to the phenomena of habituation, forgetting, and decision making made in the past year are reviewed.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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Last Update / Reviewed: February 1, 2011