Hypergraphs: Application in Food networks
Keywords:complex systems, relation algebra, Hypergraphs
A hypergraph is a generalization of a graph since, in a graph an edge relates only a pair of points, but the edges of a hypergraph known as hyperedges can relate groups of more than two points. The representation of complex systems as graphs is appropriate for the study of certain problems. We give several examples of social, biological, ecological and technological systems where the use of graphs gives very limited information about the structure of the system. We propose to use hypergraphs to represent these systems.
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