Network Science

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NESSIE: Network Example Source Supporting Innovative Experimentation

  • Alan TaylorAffiliated with, Dept. Mathematics, University of Strathclyde Email author 
  • , Desmond J. HighamAffiliated with, Dept. Mathematics, University of Strathclyde

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We describe a new web-based facility that makes available some realistic examples of complex networks. NESSIE (Network Example Source Supporting Innovative Experimentation) currently contains 12 specific networks from a diverse range of application areas, with a Scottish emphasis. This collection of data sets is designed to be useful for researchers in network science who wish to evaluate new algorithms, concepts and models. The data sets are available to download in two formats (MATLAB’s .mat format and .txt files readable by packages such as Pajek), and some basic MATLAB tools for computing summary statistics are also provided.