In fact, all these networks are scale-free networks. Like the airline system, they contain hubs -- nodes with a very high number of links. In such networks, the distribution of node linkages follows a power law in that most nodes have just a few connections and some have a tremendous number of links. In that sense, the system has no "scale."
The fact that these complex networks can show such a fractal pattern has important implications for a host of applications, from drug development to Internet security. This overview contains other details, references and spectacular images of complex networks.
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