Finding the resistance distance and eigenvector centrality from the network’s eigenvalues

Caracé Gutiérrez* (Corresponding Author), Juan Gancio, Cecilia Cabeza, Nicolás Rubido

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There are different measures to classify a network’s data set that, depending on the problem, have different success rates. For example, the resistance distance and eigenvector centrality measures have been successful in revealing ecological pathways and differentiating between biomedical images of patients with Alzheimer’s disease, respectively. The resistance distance measures an effective distance between two nodes of a network taking into account all possible shortest paths between them and the eigenvector centrality measures the relative importance of each node in a network. However, both measures require knowing the network’s eigenvalues and eigenvectors. Here, we show that we can closely approximate [find exactly] the resistance distance [eigenvector centrality] of a network only using its eigenvalue spectra, where we illustrate this by experimenting on resistor circuits, real neural networks (weighted and unweighted), and paradigmatic network models – scale-free, random, and small-world networks. Our results are supported by analytical derivations, which are based on the eigenvector-eigenvalue identity. Since the identity is unrestricted to the resistance distance or eigenvector centrality measures, it can be applied to most problems requiring the calculation of eigenvectors.
Original languageEnglish
Article number125751
Number of pages9
JournalPhysica. A, Statistical Mechanics and its Applications
Early online date9 Jan 2021
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2021

Bibliographical note

C.G. acknowledges funds from the Agencia Nacional de Investigación e Innovación (ANII), Uruguay, POS_NAC_2018_1_151237. J.G. acknowledges funds from the ANII, Uruguay, POS_NAC_2018_1_151185. All authors acknowledge the Comisión Sectorial de Investigación Científica (CSIC), Uruguay , group grant “CSIC2018 - FID13 - grupo ID 722”.


  • Resistor networks
  • Resistance distance
  • Eiggenvector centrality
  • Eignvalue spectra
  • Eigenvalue spectra
  • Eigenvector centrality


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