Associate Professor Aaron Clauset was honored with the University of Colorado Boulder Provost’s Faculty Achievement Award earlier this month for his co-authored paper “Scale-free networks are rare” in Nature Communications.
The paper challenged the network science “scale free” paradigm, which asserts that all networks, regardless of origin, exhibit a universal "power law" pattern in the way they are connected. The paper analyzed more than 1,000 real-world networks and found that only about 4 percent of them met this scale-free test.
The paper was co-authored by Anna Broido (PhDApMath’19), whose PhD work was advised by Clauset. Broido is currently a fellow at Insight Data Science in San Francisco.
Clauset is an internationally recognized expert on network science, data science and complex systems. He received the 2016 Erdos-Renyi Prize in Network Science, and his research has appeared in prestigious scientific venues like Nature, Science, PNAS and SIAM Review.