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Physics  2002 

Is the Boston subway a small-world network ?

DOI: 10.1016/S0378-4371(02)01089-0

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The mathematical study of the small-world concept has fostered quite some interest, showing that small-world features can be identified for some abstract classes of networks. However, passing to real complex systems, as for instance transportation networks, shows a number of new problems that make current analysis impossible. In this paper we show how a more refined kind of analysis, relying on transportation efficiency, can in fact be used to overcome such problems, and to give precious insights on the general characteristics of real transportation networks, eventually providing a picture where the small-world comes back as underlying construction principle.

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