Adaptive coevolutionary networks: a review

J R Soc Interface. 2008 Mar 6;5(20):259-71. doi: 10.1098/rsif.2007.1229.


Adaptive networks appear in many biological applications. They combine topological evolution of the network with dynamics in the network nodes. Recently, the dynamics of adaptive networks has been investigated in a number of parallel studies from different fields, ranging from genomics to game theory. Here we review these recent developments and show that they can be viewed from a unique angle. We demonstrate that all these studies are characterized by common themes, most prominently: complex dynamics and robust topological self-organization based on simple local rules.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Algorithms
  • Biological Evolution*
  • Computer Simulation
  • Disease Outbreaks / statistics & numerical data*
  • Game Theory*
  • Information Theory*
  • Models, Theoretical*