Using Centrality Measures to Rank the Importance of the Components of a Complex Network Infrastructure

  • Francesco Cadini
  • Enrico Zio
  • Cristina-Andreea Petrescu
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5508)


Modern society is witnessing a continuous growth in the complexity of the infrastructure networks which it relies upon. This raises significant concerns regarding safety, reliability and security. These concerns are not easily dealt with the classical risk assessment approaches. In this paper, the concept of centrality measures introduced in complexity science is used to identify the contribution of the elements of a network to the efficiency of its connection, accounting for the reliability of its elements. As an example of application, the centrality measures are computed for an electrical power transmission system of literature.


Short Path Centrality Measure Betweenness Centrality Closeness Centrality Topological Point 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Francesco Cadini
    • 1
  • Enrico Zio
    • 1
  • Cristina-Andreea Petrescu
    • 1
  1. 1.Dipartimento di EnergiaPolitecnico di MilanoMilanItaly

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