Worst-Case Scenarios for Greedy, Centrality-Based Network Protection Strategies [article]

Michael Zargham, Victor M. Preciado
2014 arXiv   pre-print
The task of allocating preventative resources to a computer network in order to protect against the spread of viruses is addressed. Virus spreading dynamics are described by a linearized SIS model and protection is framed by an optimization problem which maximizes the rate at which a virus in the network is contained given finite resources. One approach to problems of this type involve greedy heuristics which allocate all resources to the nodes with large centrality measures. We address the
more » ... t case performance of such greedy algorithms be constructing networks for which these greedy allocations are arbitrarily inefficient. An example application is presented in which such a worst case network might arise naturally and our results are verified numerically by leveraging recent results which allow the exact optimal solution to be computed via geometric programming.
arXiv:1401.5753v1 fatcat:aasehgbc7bf4bm6eaqkmtblew4