A lower bound for network navigability Academic Article uri icon


  • In his seminal work, Kleinberg showed how to augment meshes using random edges, so that they become navigable; that is, greedy routing computes paths of polylogarithmic expected length between any pairs of nodes. This yields the crucial question of determining whether such an augmentation is possible for all graphs. In this paper, we answer this question negatively by exhibiting an infinite family of graphs that cannot be augmented to become navigable whatever the distribution of random edges is. Precisely, it was known that graphs of doubling dimension at most $O(\log\log n)$ are navigable. We show that for doubling dimension $\gg\log\log n$, an infinite family of graphs cannot be augmented to become navigable. Finally, we present a positive navigability result by studying the special case of square meshes of arbitrary dimension that we prove to always be augmentable to become navigable. This latter result complements Kleinberg's original result and shows that adding extra links can sometimes break the navigability.

publication date

  • January 1, 2010