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nature physics | VOL 2 | FEBRUARY 2006 | www.nature.com/naturephysics 75
Lies, damned lies and statistics
Statistical physics can reveal the fabric of complex networks, for example, potential
oligarchies formed by its best-connected members. But care has to be taken to
avoid jumping to conclusions.
LUIS A. NUNES AMARAL AND
are in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
and Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems, Northwestern
University, Evanston, Illinois 60208, USA.
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ld boys networks, fraternities, free-mason
shops -- many of us look at them with
suspicion. The worry about the dangers
of oligarchies is not new. Adam Smith1
that "people of the same trade seldom meet