- How do you configure your network (be it servers or power-lines or valves on a ship) to increase the robustness of the physical infrastructure in which you operate?
- Will that computer virus die quickly and harmlessly? Or do you need to take defensive action?
- How will members of a social network respond to a disruptive event? Will it change the dynamics of the group?
The more complex the network, the more varied the players and their relationships. Complex network analysis focuses on identifying which players, be they people or computers or molecules, and which relationships are most influential in driving the system behavior.