Complexity Digest 2003.27 - 08.02
The Emergent Properties Of A Dolphin Social Network, Alphagalileo & Biol. Lett.
Abstract: Many complex networks, including human societies, have emerging properties that allow information to be exchanged quickly among members. This study demonstrates that animal societies also organise in a manner that permits a quick and efficient transfer of information. The community of bottlenose dolphins in Doubtful Sound, New Zealand, has a structure similar to human and human-made networks. However, contrary to previously studied networks, the cohesiveness of this dolphin community remains unaffected by the removal of key individuals. This property could be applied to human-made networks, such as the World-Wide Web, that are seriously damaged by attacks that remove key nodes.
- Source: The Emergent Properties Of A Dolphin Social Network
[ http://www.alphagalileo.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=readRelease&Releaseid=14346 ], D. Lusseau, DOI: 10.1016/S0010-0285(02)00519-4, 2003/06/30
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