The dual-Barabási-Albert model

Published in arXiv, 2018

Recommended citation: Moshiri N (2018). "The dual-Barabási-Albert model." arXiv:1810.10538

The ability to sample random networks that can accurately represent real social contact networks is essential to the study of viral epidemics. The Barabási-Albert model and its extensions attempt to capture reality by generating networks with power-law degree distributions, but properties of the resulting distributions (e.g. minimum, average, and maximum degree) are often unrealistic of the social contacts the models attempt to capture. I propose a novel extension of the Barabási-Albert model, which I call the “dual-Barabási-Albert” (DBA) model, that attempts to better capture these properties of real networks of social contact.