Near critical preferential attachment networks have small giant components

Maren Eckhoff, Peter Morters, Marcel Ortgiese

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Preferential attachment networks with power law exponent τ> 3 are known to exhibit a phase transition. There is a value ρ c> 0 such that, for small edge densities ρ≤ ρ c every component of the graph comprises an asymptotically vanishing proportion of vertices, while for large edge densities ρ> ρ c there is a unique giant component comprising an asymptotically positive proportion of vertices. In this paper we study the decay in the size of the giant component as the critical edge density is approached from above. We show that the size decays very rapidly, like exp(-c/ρ-ρc) for an explicit constant c> 0 depending on the model implementation. This result is in contrast to the behaviour of the class of rank-one models of scale-free networks, including the configuration model, where the decay is polynomial. Our proofs rely on the local neighbourhood approximations of Dereich and Mörters (Ann Probab 41(1):329–384, 2013) and recent progress in the theory of branching random walks (Gantert et al. in Ann Inst Henri Poincaré Probab Stat 47(1):111–129, 2011).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)663-703
Number of pages41
JournalJournal of Statistical Physics
Issue number3-4
Early online date14 May 2018
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2018


  • Barabási-Albert model
  • Killed branching random walk
  • Percolation
  • Preferential attachment
  • Scale-free network
  • Survival probability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Mathematical Physics


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