The sequential addition of the most likely missing links resulted in changes to several network properties relative to the change expected under random link addition (grey lines and dashed 95% confidence intervals).

2017-05-25T17:26:49Z (GMT) by Tad Dallas Andrew W Park John M Drake

Specifically, the ability to detect nestedness (a) fluctuated with link addition. Other patterns showed a much stronger directional signal, including reductions in togetherness, variance-to-mean ratio, and C-score. Each of these metrics describes patterns of (dis)aggegration in node degree, suggesting that the fundamental organization of the network changes with the addition of potentially missing links.