Fitness-dependent topological properties of the world trade web.

@article{Garlaschelli2004FitnessdependentTP,
  title={Fitness-dependent topological properties of the world trade web.},
  author={Diego Garlaschelli and Maria Immacolata Loffredo},
  journal={Physical review letters},
  year={2004},
  volume={93 18},
  pages={
          188701
        }
}
Among the proposed network models, the hidden variable (or good get richer) one is particularly interesting, even if an explicit empirical test of its hypotheses has not yet been performed on a real network. Here we provide the first empirical test of this mechanism on the world trade web, the network defined by the trade relationships between world countries. We find that the power-law distributed gross domestic product can be successfully identified with the hidden variable (or fitness… 

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