Network Theory

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What Does Network Theory Mean?

Network theory is an field of computer science and network sciences and is also part of graph theory (the study of graphs and mathematical structures).

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Network theory is often deployed to examine the method of characterizing and modeling complex networks. Many complex networks share some common features, such as scale-free degree distribution.

Techopedia Explains Network Theory

In general, network theory is associated with the study of graphs and represented either in symmetric relation or asymmetric relation among discrete objects. Network theory is also applied to logistic networks, gene regularity networks, metabolic networks, the World Wide Web, ecological networks, epistemological networks and social networks.

Network theory is applied in multiple disciplines, including biology, computer science, business, economics, particle physics, operations research and, most commonly, in sociology.

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Margaret Rouse
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Margaret Rouse
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Margaret is an award-winning technical writer and teacher known for her ability to explain complex technical subjects to a non-technical business audience. Over the past twenty years, her IT definitions have been published by Que in an encyclopedia of technology terms and cited in articles by the New York Times, Time Magazine, USA Today, ZDNet, PC Magazine, and Discovery Magazine. She joined Techopedia in 2011. Margaret's idea of a fun day is helping IT and business professionals learn to speak each other’s highly specialized languages.