A method for validating Rent's rule for technological and biological networks

Fernando Alcalde Cuesta, Pablo González Sequeiros, Álvaro Lozano Rojo
2017 Scientific Reports  
Rent's rule is empirical power law introduced in an effort to describe and optimize the wiring complexity of computer logic graphs. It is known that brain and neuronal networks also obey Rent's rule, which is consistent with the idea that wiring costs play a fundamental role in brain evolution and development. Here we propose a method to validate this power law for a certain range of network partitions. This method is based on the bifurcation phenomenon that appears when the network is
more » ... to random alterations preserving its degree distribution. It has been tested on a set of VLSI circuits and real networks, including biological and technological ones. We also analyzed the effect of different types of random alterations on the Rentian scaling in order to test the influence of the degree distribution. There are network architectures quite sensitive to these randomization procedures with significant increases in the values of the Rent exponents. Published: xx xx xxxx OPEN www.nature.com/scientificreports/ 2 Scientific RepoRts | 7: 5378 |
doi:10.1038/s41598-017-05670-w pmid:28710373 pmcid:PMC5511203 fatcat:likavcxyabdndiyarfkhgzrhoa