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Volume 2017, Article ID 6548362, 12 pages
Research Article

Resilience of Core-Periphery Networks in the Case of Rich-Club

Department of Enterprise Engineering, University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, Via del Politecnico 1, 00133 Rome, Italy

Correspondence should be addressed to Matteo Cinelli; ti.2amorinu@illenic.oettam

Received 24 August 2017; Accepted 12 December 2017; Published 28 December 2017

Academic Editor: Ilaria Giannoccaro

Copyright © 2017 Matteo Cinelli et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Core-periphery networks are structures that present a set of central and densely connected nodes, namely, the core, and a set of noncentral and sparsely connected nodes, namely, the periphery. The rich-club refers to a set in which the highest degree nodes show a high density of connections. Thus, a network that displays a rich-club can be interpreted as a core-periphery network in which the core is made up of a number of hubs. In this paper, we test the resilience of networks showing a progressively denser rich-club and we observe how this structure is able to affect the network measures in terms of both cohesion and efficiency in information flow. Additionally, we consider the case in which, instead of making the core denser, we add links to the periphery. These two procedures of core and periphery thickening delineate a decision process in the placement of new links and allow us to conduct a scenario analysis that can be helpful in the comprehension and supervision of complex networks under the resilience perspective. The advantages of the two procedures, as well as their implications, are discussed in relation to both network efficiency and node heterogeneity.