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Networks Optimisation and Evolution by Peter Whittle
  

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Networks Optimisation and Evolution by Peter Whittle

Point-to-point vs hub-and-spoke. Questions of network design are real and involve many billions of dollars. Yet little is known about optimising design - nearly all work concerns optimising flow assuming a given design. This foundational book tackles optimisation of network structure itself, deriving comprehensible and realistic design principles. With fixed material cost rates, a natural class of models implies the optimality of direct source-destination connections, but considerations of variable load and environmental intrusion then enforce trunking in the optimal design, producing an arterial or hierarchical net. Its determination requires a continuum formulation, which can however be simplified once a discrete structure begins to emerge. Connections are made with the masterly work of Bendsoe and Sigmund on optimal mechanical structures and also with neural, processing and communication networks, including those of the Internet and the World Wide Web. Technical appendices are provided on random graphs and polymer models and on the Klimov index.

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Review of the hardback: '... a remarkable book ... a pleasure to read ... plenty of interesting results, ideas and inspiration.
Hartmut Noltemeier, Zentralblatt MATH

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Book Info

Publication date

25th May 2012

Author

Peter Whittle

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Publisher

Cambridge University Press

Format

Paperback
282 pages

Categories

Optimization
Neural networks & fuzzy systems

ISBN

9781107410725

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