Networks with a community (or modular) structure underlie many social and biological phenomena. In such a network individuals tend to form sparsely linked local communities, each having dense internal connections. We investigate the dynamics of information propagation on modular networks by using a three-state epidemic model with a unit spreading rate (i.e., the probability for a susceptible individual to be "infected" with the information is one). We find a surprising, resonancelike phenomenon: the information lifetime on the network can be maximized by the number of modules. The result can be useful for optimizing or controlling information spread on social or biological networks.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Physical Review. E, Statistical, Nonlinear and Soft Matter Physics|
|Publication status||Published - Mar 2006|
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