Network Biology, 2011, 1(3-4):186-188
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Short Communication

Some thoughts on the control of network systems

Alessandro Ferrarini
Department of Evolutionary and Functional Biology, University of Parma, Via G. Saragat 4, I-43100 Parma, Italy

Received 17 August 2011; Accepted 19 September 2011; Published online 20 November 2011

The controllability of network-like systems is becoming a trendy key-issue in many disciplines, including ecology and biology. To control a biological, ecological or economic system is to make it behave according to our wishes, at the least possible cost. In this paper, I propose some ideas on networks control that do not precisely follow recent papers on the argument. By the way, since this scientific topic is still in open evolution, discordant thoughts might be helpful to the debate.

Keywords network control; driver nodes; driver links; external control; networks taxonomy.

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