## Abstract

We study Erdös-Rényi random graphs with random weights associated with each link. We generate a "supernode network" by merging all nodes connected by links having weights below the percolation threshold (percolation clusters) into a single node. We show that this network is scale-free, i.e., the degree distribution is P(k)∼ k-λ with λ=2.5. Our results imply that the minimum spanning tree in random graphs is composed of percolation clusters, which are interconnected by a set of links that create a scale-free tree with λ=2.5. We suggest that optimization causes the percolation threshold to emerge spontaneously, thus creating naturally a scale-free supernode network. We discuss the possibility that this phenomenon is related to the evolution of several real world scale-free networks.

Original language | English |
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Article number | 025103 |

Journal | Physical Review E |

Volume | 73 |

Issue number | 2 |

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State | Published - Feb 2006 |