Universal Resilience... Or Robustness


Gao, Barzel, and Barabási attempted to devise a method to identify universal resilience in systems. This target was missed due to simplification in the methodology and to the confounding of the system-functions resilience and robustness. These two system-functions are distinct in both their form and in the roles they play in systems. There are many different kinds of both robustness and resilience. To clarify the difference between robustness and resilience, a short guide is provided consisting of six examples of robustness and six examples of resilience. There is a concluding discussion concerning the manner in which robustness and resilience are confounded in the paper “Universal Resilience Patterns in Complex Networks.”

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