Hyperbolic geometric graph
A hyperbolic geometric graph (HGG) or hyperbolic geometric network (HGN) is a special type of spatial network where (1) latent coordinates of nodes are sprinkled according to a probability density function into a hyperbolic space of constant negative curvature and (2) an edge between two nodes is present if they are close according to a function of the metric (typically either a Heaviside step function resulting in deterministic connections between vertices closer than a certain threshold distance, or a decaying function of hyperbolic distance yielding the connection probability). A HGG generalizes a random geometric graph (RGG) whose embedding space is Euclidean.
Mathematically, a HGG is a graph with a vertex set V (cardinality ) and a edge set E constructed by considering the nodes as points placed onto a 2-dimensional hyperbolic space of constant negative Gaussian curvature, and cut-off radius , i.e. the radius of the Poincaré disk which can be visualized using a hyperboloid model. Each point has hyperbolic polar coordinates with and .
The angle is the (smallest) angle between the two position vectors.
In the simplest case, an edge is established iff (if and only if) two nodes are within a certain neighborhood radius , , this corresponds to an influence threshold.
Connectivity decay function
In general, a link will be established with a probability depending on the distance . A connectivity decay function represents the probability of assigning an edge to a pair of nodes at distance . In this framework, the simple case of hard-code neighborhood like in random geometric graphs is referred to as truncation decay function.
For (Gaussian curvature ), HGGs form an ensemble of networks for which is possible to express the degree distribution analytically as closed form for the limiting case of large number of nodes. This is worth mentioning since this is not true for many ensembles of graphs.
HGGs have been suggested as promising model for social networks where the hyperbolicity appears through a competition between similarity and popularity of an individual.
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