Smart random walkers: The cost of knowing the path

Juan I. Perotti, Orlando V. Billoni
2012 Physical Review E  
In this work we study the problem of targeting signals in networks using entropy information measurements to quantify the cost of targeting. We introduce a penalization rule that imposes a restriction to the long paths and therefore focus the signal to the target. By this scheme we go continuously from fully random walkers to walkers biased to the target. We found that the optimal degree of penalization is mainly determined by the topology of the network. By analyzing several examples, we have
more » ... examples, we have found that a small amount of penalization reduces considerably the typical walk length, and from this we conclude that a network can be efficiently navigated with restricted information.
doi:10.1103/physreve.86.011120 pmid:23005381 fatcat:3hezdht7xja63hsvr6n3vq4kae