The European Physical Journal B

, Volume 65, Issue 3, pp 395–402 | Cite as

Communities recognition in the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem by dynamical clustering algorithms based on different oscillators systems

  • A. PluchinoEmail author
  • A. Rapisarda
  • V. Latora


We have recently introduced [Phys. Rev. E 75, 045102(R) (2007); AIP Conference Proceedings 965, 2007, p. 323] an efficient method for the detection and identification of modules in complex networks, based on the de-synchronization properties (dynamical clustering) of phase oscillators. In this paper we apply the dynamical clustering tecnique to the identification of communities of marine organisms living in the Chesapeake Bay food web. We show that our algorithm is able to perform a very reliable classification of the real communities existing in this ecosystem by using different kinds of dynamical oscillators. We compare also our results with those of other methods for the detection of community structures in complex networks.


89.75.Hc Networks and genealogical trees 05.45.Xt Synchronization; coupled oscillators 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dipartimento di Fisica e AstronomiaUniversitá di Catania, and INFN sezione di CataniaCataniaItaly

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