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* TITLE Ecological networks: Nested or not, or does it really matter?
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Sang Hoon Lee GNTECH
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* DATE / TIME 2020-07-06, 15:50
* PLACE APCTP 512 Seminar Room and online via ZOOM
* LINK https://zoom.us/j/94146976977?pwd=aVdTZ2dQbkZGNnZkSVFFaHdndFFrZz09
The concept of nestedness, in particular for ecological and economical networks, has been introduced as a structural characteristic of real interacting systems. In this talk, starting from basic concepts of network science, I will present a few selective examples of measures and techniques developed in network science, which can be useful to analyze structural properties of ecological systems, in particular, mutualistic interactions between plants and animals. Based on them, I have discovered that the \\\"traditional\\\" notion of nestedness is in fact related to other mesoscale network properties such as the so-called core-periphery structure. With real ecological mutualistic networks and synthetic model networks, I have reported the strong correlation between the nestedness and core-periphery-ness (likeness to the core-periphery structure), by defining the network-level measures for nestedness and core-periphery-ness in the case of weighted and bipartite networks. However, at the same time, via more sophisticated null-model analysis, I have also discovered that the degree (the number of connected neighbors of a node) distribution poses quite severe restrictions on the possible nestedness and core-periphery parameter space. Therefore, there must exist structurally interwoven properties in more fundamental levels of network formation, behind this seemingly obvious relation between nestedness and core-periphery structures. More recently, in collaboration with ecologists, we have (boldly) suggested that the core-periphery structure could be even more relevant to describe the mutualistic interactions than nestedness, from literature survey along with our own analysis. As a final remark, I would like to emphasize the necessity for further studies on the relationship between network structures and the ecological stability, which might be one of the least studied topics in
network science, I dare to add.
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