# Spectral Properties of Directed Random Networks with Modular Structure

###### Abstract

We study spectra of directed networks with inhibitory and excitatory couplings. We investigate in particular eigenvector localization properties of various model networks for different value of correlation among their entries. Spectra of random networks, with completely uncorrelated entries show a circular distribution with delocalized eigenvectors, where as networks with correlated entries have localized eigenvectors. In order to understand the origin of localization we track the spectra as a function of connection probability and directionality. As connections are made directed, eigenstates start occurring in complex conjugate pairs and the eigenvalue distribution combined with the localization measure shows a rich pattern. Moreover, for a very well distinguished community structure, the whole spectrum is localized except few eigenstates at boundary of the circular distribution. As the network deviates from the community structure there is a sudden change in the localization property for a very small value of deformation from the perfect community structure. We search for this effect for the whole range of correlation strengths and for different community configurations. Furthermore, we investigate spectral properties of a metabolic network of zebrafish, and compare them with those of the model networks.

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89.75.Hc,89.90.+n## I Introduction

Statistical properties of large random matrices have been investigated intensively since the early 1950s and have turned out to be valuable tools for both qualitative and quantitative descriptions of spectral properties of complex systems mehta (). Examples include, complicated interactions in nuclei, quantum mechanical aspects of chaos, and the stock market. Recent success has been achieved in systems having an underlying network structure rev-rmt (). In applications of random matrix theory to physical problems, it is generally assumed that the details of the physical systems are less important for many statistical properties of interest. Often it turns out that important statistical properties such as the distribution of eigenvalues or the spacings of energy levels in quantum systems are well described by the respective properties of random matrices that respect the same symmetries as the physical system Hakke ().

Recent investigations of statistical properties of eigenvalues of networks show that bulk eigenvalue spacings follow Gaussian orthogonal ensemble (GOE) predictions of random matrix theory (RMT) Vattay-NJP (); pre2007a (); pre2007b (), whereas the eigenvalue distribution itself depend on network properties spectra-net (); Aguiar-SF (); pre2007a (); pre2007b (); pre2010a (). These analyses show that the spectral distributions of bulk eigenvalues of random networks follow Wigner’s semi circular distribution, for scalefree networks BA () the bulk eigenvalues follow a triangular distribution, for smallworld networks SW () they form a multi peak distribution, and for realworld networks they show one of the above mentioned distributions with a high peak at zero eigenvalues pre2007a (); pre2010a (). Further investigations of the community structure in networks show the transition to Wigner’s semi circular distribution as the community structure is destroyed. Even a very small deformation from the community structure gets captured by the eigenvalues distribution pre2009b ().

All the above investigations have been performed for undirected networks leading to a symmetric adjacency matrix and for which eigenvalues are real. Many complex systems are described by directed networks rev-network (), for example, the World Wide Web, neural networks, protein interaction networks and many social networks are directed or asymmetrically weighted, and hence lead to complex eigenvalues of the corresponding adjacency matrices. One of the most important features shown by realworld networks is the existence of modular or community structures Newman (); Amaral (); community (). The study of community structures helps to elucidate the organization of networks, and eventually could be related to the functionality of groups of nodes. Regardless of the type of realworld networks in terms of the degree and other structural properties rev-network (), it is possible to distinguish communities throughout the whole networks Newman (). However, the question of the definition of the community is problematic. Usually community is assigned to the nodes that are connected densely among themselves, and are only sparsely connected with other nodes outside the community.

So far most of the theoretical investigations and applications of RMT have focused on symmetric matrices. Asymmetric matrices or non-Hermitian matrices are less well understood. A classic result for non-Hermitian matrices in random matrix theory is Girko’s circle law Girko () which states that, for large , the eigenvalues of an asymmetric matrix lie uniformly within the unit circle in the complex plane, if the elements are chosen from a distribution with zero mean and variance . When partial symmetry is included, the circle changes to an ellipse density-ellipse (). Recently, numerical studies on spectral properties of asymmetric matrices have been done in the context of Google networks google-net (); google-net2 (). Additionally the spectral density of non-Hermitian sparse matrices has been analyzed in the Ref. directed-sparse-RMT ().

In this paper we evaluate the applicability of RMT for the distribution of eigenvalues of directed networks where entries in the corresponding matrix take values motivated by inhibitory and excitatory coupling between nodes. In particular, we investigate spectral properties of directed networks having a community structure. The matrix corresponding to these networks is different from the non-Hermitian random matrices studied under a RMT framework. The main differences are that (a) the matrix is not random, i.e. the position of entries in the matrix depends on the underlying network structure; (b) real world networks and model networks are sparse and consequently most of the entries in the corresponding matrix are zero; and (c) most importantly, the entries in the matrix take values , and . These entries are motivated by the excitatory and inhibitory synapse between neurons leading to positive and negative values of the connections between them.

The spectra of matrices having entries , and , known as Seidel matrices, have been investigated intensively in the literature. In graph theory, the Seidel adjacency matrix of a simple graph G is a symmetric matrix having at the diagonal entries, if node is neighbor of node , and other entries of this matrix taking the value . For Seidel matrices . The multiset of eigenvalues of this matrix is called the Seidel spectrum. The Seidel matrix was introduced by van Lint and Seidel Seidel_1966 () and extensively exploited by Seidel and co-workers. Seidel matrix provides insight to the properties of graphs, thus leading to several applications such as modeling social situations, spin glasses in physics, and clustering of data Seidel_regular ().

Note that, except for the matrix entries being binary and , Seidel matrices are completely different from the matrix representation considered in the present paper. The first difference between Seidel matrices and the matrices investigated herein is that the latter are directed (asymmetric) matrices, i.e., depending upon the value of , a measure of directionality or correlation. Consequently, we get complex eigenvalues following the universal Girko’s law for the case when the matrix is completely uncorrelated. The second most important difference is that we have for the nodes that are not connected, i.e., vertices that are not neighbors, whereas Seidel matrices have the entries for non neighboring nodes. This second property of our matrices again leads to a very crucial difference called ’sparseness’, which affects the spectral properties to a great extent in comparison to the matrices corresponding to fully connected networks. The third important difference between the matrix we have considered in this paper and the Seidel matrices we found in the literature is the underlying structure: Seidel matrices are mostly investigated for regular graphs (such as strong regular graphs and two-graphs) Seidel_Spectra_notes (), whereas the matrices that we are investigating in the paper are random with some structure, corresponding to ER graphs, BA scalefree graphs, modular graphs and modular realworld networks. There are cases in the literature where the Seidel matrix of ER graphs and realworld graphs have been investigated; in the following we provide details of these studies only, as they seem to be close to our studies at least in terms of the structure of the underlying network ( Seidel matrices of random graphs have been studied mainly for the graph bisection problem.) Reference Seidel_random_bisection () shows through numerical analysis that Seidel representations produce the smallest cuts for random ER graphs than other representations such as the adjacency and Laplacian matrices.

Spectral densities of directed random networks with entries , and have also been studied analytically and numerically in Ref. Abbott-prl2006 (). In Ref. Abbott-prl2006 () eigenvalues spectra of large random matrices with excitatory and inhibitory columns drawn from a distribution with different means and equal or different variances have been computed. Interestingly, the spectra of these random matrices (with and , entries) also follow Girko’s circle law.

The main goal of the present work is to investigate the changes in the spectral properties of the corresponding matrix as the underlying directed network deviates from the perfect community structure. Furthermore, in order to understand the origin of delocalized eigenvectors, we track the spectra as directionality is introduced into the networks, i.e. connections are made directed with probability . Apart from the :spectral distribution we study eigenvectors localization properties of model networks and a realworld networks.

## Ii Model

We generate networks with a community structure as follows. First, Erdös-Rényi random networks ER () with connection probability are constructed; the spectral behavior of the matrix corresponding to each of these sub-networks (blocks) separately follows GOE statistics pre2009b (). The matrix corresponding to the full network would be an block diagonal matrix. Then, with probability connections are rewired as follows. A pair of nodes from a sub-network is chosen randomly. Subnetwork is also chosen with equal probability. The connection between these two nodes is deleted, and a new connection between one of the node in the chosen pair and a randomly chosen node outside to this sub-network is introduced. This configuration leads to an block matrix with, blocks having entries with probability , and off-diagonal blocks having the entries with probability . The above networks can be casted in the following form:

(1) |

where is the direct sum of all the blocks (). The directionality of the edges is introduced as follows. A node is assigned equal probability of being inhibitory or excitatory. All edges starting from an excitatory node would take value , and those starting from an inhibitory node would take the value . This means that the corresponding adjacency matrix has entries as follows: if the node is excitatory, for all the nodes that have connections with , and if the node is inhibitory, . The corresponding matrix has following two properties: (a) , and (b) a row has all entries either or . This configuration would lead to zero mean (), and standard deviation . We denote the eigenvalues of network by , where is the size of sub-network, and is the number of sub-networks. Note that the size of each sub-network may be different, but for simplicity we consider equal size here.

Connections are rewired with the probability , where defines the ratio of inter-community () to intra-community () connections. Starting with two ER sub-networks of dimension , a fraction of the connections is rewired. The average degree of network for each remains the same as that of the initial configuration. Nodes are inhibitory or excitatory with equal probability, which implies an approximately equal number of and entries randomly distributed in the corresponding matrix. For , the whole structure becomes a directed random network, and for which indicates that all the connections are rewired, the network takes the form where nodes in are connected to those in .

## Iii Spectra

In the following we present the results for , , and . The average degree of the network can be calculated as . The eigenvalues spectra of and for follow Girko’s law of non-Hermitian matrices Girko (). We numerically diagonalize the adjacency matrix of the network to obtain a set of eigenvalues , and eigenvector . To characterize the localization properties of the eigenvectors , we use the inverse participation ratio (IPR) defined by,

(2) |

where are the components of the eigenvector . The meaning of is illustrated by two limiting cases : (i) for a vector with identical components whereas (ii) for a vector with one component and the remainders zero. Thus, the IPR gives the effective number of nodes on which an eigenstate is localized.

Figure (1) plots eigenvalues together with the IPR for the model described in the section II. Subfigures correspond to different rewiring probabilities. For each rewiring probability eigenvalues are distributed homogeneously in a circular region. Gray shading (color) denotes the value of IPR for the corresponding eigenstate. For Figure (1 a) with , which corresponds to the network having two communities connected with one single connection, large number of eigenstates have approximately equal IPR value close to the bottom of the shading (coloring). Few eigenstate lying at the boundary of the circle and a few near the real axis have low IPR values, indicating high participation in the localization.

Figure (1) plots the results upto rewiring probability , as rewiring is increased further the spectral distribution remains exactly the same as for case except that the light gray (green) hazy circular part becomes bigger and denser indicating that more eigenvalues are delocalized. As rewiring keeps on increasing, leading to the destruction of the community structure more and more eigenvalues join the light gray (green) big circle, and for except for a few eigenvalues lying at the end of the real and imaginary axes all are delocalized. Additionally, the eigenstate near the real axis has relatively lower IPR values. One eigenvalue lying at the extreme end of the real axis is the most localized. For a further increase in rewiring probability there is not much of a change in the localization properties of eigenstates. The value corresponds to the same expected number of intra and inter-community connections. At this value the network is a complete random network. A further increase in takes the network toward a bipartite type of structure.

### iii.1 Fine rewiring

Figure (1) shows that the localization properties of a network change completely even for a very small value of , as small as . After this value no visible changes are seen in the localization properties of the bulk of the spectra. To gain insight into the localization to delocalization transition we track the spectra for each rewiring between the communities (Eq. 1). First four subfigures (Figure 1 a - 1 d) plot the spectra along with the localization value for a very small number of rewiring All figures are plotted for an ensemble over 100 random initial conditions for the networks. Figure (1 a) plots the spectra and IPR value for a perfect community network without any connections between them. This configuration leads to two

disconnected components. With only one rewiring between two communities, we already start observing the delocalization of few eigenstates (Figure 1 b). Each additional rewiring between communities leads to the delocalization of more eigenstates. For as few as 10 rewiring to the initial configuration (Figure 1 a) a large number of eigenstates are delocalized (Figure 1 d). One can notice in Figure (1) that delocalized eigenstates form a hazy ring around center Abbott-prl2006 (). Eigenstates lying at the peripheral of the circle and those corresponding to the real axis delocalized in last for very large value of rewiring probability between the communities. For , eigenstates near real axis and with large absolute values are those which still maintain localization. As value of increases further except few eigenstates having largest absolute values lying at real and imaginary axis are delocalized. Bulk middle part delocalized completely. As value of increases further, bulk middle part remains same, only eigenstates with largest absolute eigenvalues at imaginary axis are more delocalized. For , the spectra remains similar to that of value .

We would like to note that spectral properties of coupled random symmetric matrices have been investigated in details. They have been used to understand the behavior of quantum graphs Seba ().

## Iv Comparison with Random Networks

In order to gain insight into community induced spectral changes, we present results of random networks. In the following we first provide the eigenstate properties of random networks having different average degrees, and then track the spectral properties as parameters of .

### iv.1 Completely uncorrelated (directed) network

First we consider completely uncorrelated random networks, for which and the connection probability is . Since there is equal probability of a node being inhibitory or excitatory, the expected number of and entries is approximately same. The mean and variance of this network can be calculated as and , respectively.

Figure (2) plots eigenvalues together with the IPR for random networks with different connections probabilities.

As we do not consider self connection, the diagonal elements of the matrix are zero, and hence eigenvalues are distributed around origin . Eigenvalues are distributed in circular region of radius . For larger values of , few pairs of eigenvalues get separated from the circular bulk. The bulk circular region still lie between . For which corresponds to globally coupled network, there is one conjugate pair of eigenvalues with absolute value which are nondegenerate, rest of eigenvalues are degenerate with values and .

Different connections probabilities lead to different expected average degree of the network. For low connection probability, , one gets localized eigenstates at four corners of the real and imaginary axis. Apart this four corners the eigenstates on real axis are also more localized. As connection probability increases overall distribution of eigenvalues remains same, i.e. homogeneous, except for larger few pairs of eigenvalues get separated from the bulk circular region google-net (). Except eigenstates lying on real axis, other eigenstates are toward dark gray (blue) denoting delocalization. The isolated eigenstates are maximal delocalized, which implies that eigenstates having large absolute eigenvalues are more random than the bulk part. Very small values of yields a delocalized spectra (Figure 2 a), which may be due to the sparseness of connections.

Here we would like to mention that, the above behavior is for the special arrangement of and entries in the matrix, a row has all or entries depending upon whether the corresponding node is excitatory or inhibitory. For a random network with entries and randomly distributed, the radius of circular region scales with average degree of the network, i.e. , and all eigenvalues lie within the bulk regions even for larger value of including .

For random symmetric networks (, in Eq.4) with mean and variance , the distribution of the largest eigenvalue is given by the results in sym_rand_matrix_largest (), which shows that for constant the distribution of the principal eigenvalue of the random network is asymptotically normal with mean and variance as . For asymmetric random networks the corresponding result for the distribution of largest eigenvalue has yet to be found, but in asym_rand_matrix_largest () it was shown that asymmetric network of and entries and having mean and variance , the principle eigenvalue asymptotically converges to . For matrices with entries and , the mean and variance differ from above, as mean and variance for completely uncorrelated random network () with parameters would be and respectively.

Though the IPR is, in general, used to understand the localization property of individual eigenstates,
the sum of all

(3) |

where bracket means ensemble average, can be used as a measure for localization properties of whole spectra altogether Seba (). We calculate the total value of IPR in order to get a measure of localization for the whole network. Figure (3) plots for a random network with a community structure for an increasing value of the connection probability between communities. In a straight forward manner, the figure shows delocalization in the whole spectrum with deformation from the community structure. The value of increases, which means that overall the spectrum becomes more delocalized untill a certain value of rewiring probability and then becomes saturated, as shown in Figure (1). The localization properties the of spectra are barely distinguishable from the community structure for larger value of deformation. The figure is plotted for network size and average degree . We also plot the IPR (3) of random networks for various value of or an average degree . the network size always remains the same, . The range for is from to . We do not plot the graph below , since for , smaller values of yield several disconnected clusters. and yield an average degree .

### iv.2 Tracking from correlated (symmetric) to a completely uncorrelated (asymmetric or directed) network

In this section we investigate the origin of localization or delocalization of eigenstates by tracking the spectra as connections are made undirected. We start with a network having all nodes excitatory leading to a symmetric network, now with probability (1 - )/2 some nodes are made inhibitory. corresponds to the case when half of nodes are made inhibitory, leading to a completely uncorrelated network. As fraction of connections are made symmetric, the mean and variance take form as:

(4) |

corresponds to a symmetric network which we call as a complete deviation from the directed network, i.e. . We call ”deviation from directionality” because as one deviates from completely directed networks, spectra deviate from the circular structure. For a network, where nodes are inhibitory or excitatory with equal probability, and .

Figure (4) plots the spectra along with the IPR values for random networks for different values of . The largest eigenvalue lies on real axis well separated from the bulk. Isolation of largest eigenvalue from rest is well known observation for real symmetric random matrices having non zero mean isolated ().It was proved in isolated () that such an isolated eigenvalue exists for a large matrix if the mean value of the elements is not zero and rather carries substantial fraction of the root mean square of the elements. Further more, the associated eigenvector would have all its components close to equality.

Now let us first consider the case with . The corresponding matrix would be a symmetric matrix with entries being and rest being , the mean and variance of this matrix can be calculated as and respectively (Eq. 4). The largest eigenvalue of the matrix scales as , which is equal to the average degree of the network. Rest of the eigenvalues are homogeneously distributed in a circular region of radius . As connected are made directed, the mean decreases, and for , mean takes value , and variance is simply given by which is connection probability. As connections are made directed, eigenvalues start appearing in complex conjugate pairs, and we can divide spectra into two parts: (A) part of spectra with real eigenvalues, and (B) the part of spectra having complex conjugate pairs of eigenvalues. For , which means of connections are made directed, many eigenvalues are still in group (A), i.e., they lie on real axis. Complex conjugate pairs of eigenvalues form an oval shape that is well separated from real axis (see Figure (4). The localization properties of eigenstates from both the groups do not change much, as bulk part which is separated from the real axis is still delocalized, only middle part of eigenstates lying at the real axis (group (A)) delocalized than a completely symmetric network. As more connections are made directed, complex conjugate pairs of eigenvalues start appearing with delocalized states. Bulk of the complex conjugates pairs lying at both sides of the real axis and forming oval shape (group (B)) are delocalized, only few eigenvalues in this group with largest absolute value remain localized. Eigenvalues forming group (A) also show similar features as group (B), eigenstates with larger eigenvalues at both ends remain localized, whereas rest of the eigenstates are more delocalized than earlier.

As more connections are made directed (value of is decreased), size of group (B) keeps increasing, and consequently two parts of eigenstates come closer. For , group (B) is no longer separated from the eigenstates lying on the real axis (group (A)).

Figure (5) plots the total (Eq.3) for a particular value of connection probability and network size . Starting from a symmetric network (), connection are made directed with probability . Overall spectral delocalization increases as connections are made directed leading to occurrence of complex conjugate pairs of eigenvalues in spectra. Delocalization reaches its maximum for value which corresponds to a complete uncorrelated or directed network. For networks having only positive entries, there is not much changes in the localization properties till value , after this there is a sharp decay in indicating sudden localization transition. For values between and , spectral distribution smoothly changes from circular to elliptical, localization property does not show any rich structure, as shown for the previous case.

### iv.3 Random networks with positive entries

In the above we investigated networks with both excitatory and inhibitory connections. This section
considers all nodes being excitatory, and consequently
the adjacency matrix has all positive entries only.
For asymmetric random network of and
entries, with mean and variance , the principle eigenvalue asymptotically converges
to asym_rand_matrix_largest (). The rest of the eigenvalues are distributed in
circular region with radius given by .
In this section we present the spectral changes as
network goes from an asymmetric (directed) corresponding to , to a symmetric network
corresponding to .
The mean and variance for networks with entries
would not depend on the value of , and depends only on connection
probability as

(5) |

Figure (6) shows spectra along with localization property for different values of . Spectral distribution smoothly goes from circular distribution to elliptical as value of increases. For all values of , the largest eigenvalue is completely delocalized, and situated very well separated from the rest bulk part with value , as for the case . Note that for each value of , the expected number of entries remains same for a fixed value.

## V Networks with scalefree community structure

In this section we consider that each community is modeled by a scalefree network instead of a random network. Each sub-network has size and average degree , and is constructed using BA preferential attachment rule BA (). With probability intra-community connections are rewired into inter-community connections. Connections are made directed in same manner as given in the section II.

Spectra of the above construction are plotted in Figure( 7). The first difference between the spectra of these networks from those having a random community structure (II) is that the eigenvalues are not homogeneously distributed in the circular region. The spectra are more dense around origin, and sparser near boundary. Also the value of largest absolute eigenvalue increases, as the highest degree of the node in the current structure are very much larger than that of the previous structure (II). Localization property overall remains same as those of the networks discussed in II.

## Vi Community structure : tracking from symmetric to a complete asymmetric (directed) network

In this section we investigate the origin of localization or delocalization properties of eigenstates for networks having distinguished community structure. Particularly we concentrate on the community dependent localization features as connections are made directed, and compare them with random networks features presented in the section IV.2. Starting with random symmetric sub-networks with rewiring probability between these sub-networks, connections are made directed with the probability as explained in the previous section. Again, corresponds to a fully directed network such as explained in II, and corresponds to the symmetric network. A symmetric random network with connection probability has mean and variance , whereas mean and variance of a fully directed network (made of and ) are and respectively. Probability of directed connections () affects the mean and variance as given in Eq. 4.

Figure (8) plots the eigenvalue spectra combined with the IPR as varies from (a perfect symmetric case) to (a uncorrelated case). Subfigure (a) corresponds to the configuration when almost nodes are excitatory leading to very large correlation among entries of the matrix. For very small number of directed connections the spectra have mostly real eigenvalues, and eigenstates are localized. As number of directed connections increases spectra have more complex eigenvalues. Subfigure (i) corresponds to the case where of nodes are inhibitory, which is exactly the same case in terms of correlations as shown for subfigure (a) except that the corresponding network has dominating entries.

As similar to the section IV.2, spectra can be divided into two parts, (A) part of spectra lying on the real axis, and (B) the part which form complex conjugate pairs. The appearance of complex eigenvalue seems to be an indicator of delocalization transition. For small number of directed connections (Figure 8 a) most of the eigenvalues are real and hence localized. As more connections are made directed, complex pairs of eigenvalues start appearing and eigenstates associated with these complex values start getting delocalized. For , which leads to a complete asymmetric or directed network, one gets complex pairs of eigenvalues covering the whole circle, and hence almost all eigenstates, except those associated with real eigenvalues and those with maximum absolute value, get delocalized.

Now, as we compare the spectra of above construction with those of random networks, we observe one remarkable difference revealing two communities hidden in the network. For small number of directed connections (i.e. large values of correlation parameter ), there are exactly two isolated eigenvalues on the real axis well separated from the bulk. Figure (8 a) shows that these isolated eigenstates corresponds to two largest eigenvalues and both of them are delocalized. For , which means that number of directed connections is higher than , these isolated eigenvalues still exist on the real axis but come closer to the rest bulk part. Further increase in the number of directed connections brings isolated eigenvalues even closer, as well their localization properties get affected. For , these isolated eigenvalues are no more extended, and eigenstates having largest absolute values from group (A) and (B) are most localized. As is decreased further, these isolated eigenvalues merges with the bulk part of group (A).

## Vii Zebrafish metabolic network

This section compares the behavior shown by the model networks discussed so far with a realworld network. We use network for the zebrafish metabolic system. The network is constructed by using the KEGG data base kegg (). Nodes in the network are reactions. If the product of one reaction (say A) is the substrate of another reaction (say B) then there is a directed link from A to B. There are also some directed links that correspond to the irreversible biochemical reactions. The largest connected component of the network has nodes and edges. The number of undirected edges is and the number of directed edges is . The value of can be calculated as The average degree of the network is . Figure (9) plots the spectra of this network. In order to compare the results with a corresponding random network, we plot Figure (9 c) spectra of a random networks ensemble with the same size and number of directed and undirected edges as in the zebrafish network.

We notice that the spectrum of the zebrafish network has few drastic differences from those of model networks discussed in the preceding sections. The main observation is the clustering of eigenvalues in an elliptical disk along the imaginary axis. Two extremal eigenvalues lie on the real axis, and they are far from the rest of the bulk eigenvalues. The corresponding random network also has the largest eigenvalue situated at the real axis with a value close to the average degree of the network. This eigenvalue is situated far from the rest of the bulk eigenvalues centered around zero. This is a typical spectral behavior of directed random networks, as discussed in the Sec. IV.

Furthermore, the localization properties of eigenstates of the real networks studied show very different phenomena than what observed for the corresponding model networks. In an elliptical disk there is one layer of eigenstates that are very much localized, and the second layer in the disk shows a full range of IPR values between extreme localization and extreme delocalization. There are many eigenvalues that lie on the real axis, which can be explained by the relation between asymmetry in the matrix and the occurrence of complex eigenvalues discussed in Sec. VI (Fig. 8). However the localization properties of these eigenstates corresponding to the real axis are different than the corresponding model network and other earlier model networks we investigated in the preceding sections. The main difference is that all eigenstates lie toward the bottom on the localization scale. The isolated eigenvalues for model networks so far are observed with the most extended state, whereas for the zebrafish network, the isolated eigenvalue lies toward bottom of the localization value.

## Viii Conclusion and Discussions

We analyzed the spectral properties of various model directed networks and a realworld network. The network edges take value and depending upon whether it is starting from an excitatory node or from an inhibitory node. If all nodes are excitatory then the corresponding network is symmetric (). Directionality is introduced by making some nodes inhibitory, and consequently the corresponding edges take value . An equal expected value of inhibitory and excitatory nodes gives rise to a completely uncorrelated network ().

Asymmetric networks () with a community structure modeled by a random sub-network show circular spectra similar to random uncorrelated matrices. Spectra for networks with entries , follow Girko’s circular distribution with radius . For a very well distinguished community structure , the whole spectrum is localized except for some of eigenstates at the boundary. As increases and the network deviates from a community structure there is a sudden change in the localization property for a very small value of deformation from the perfect community structure. The value as less as , which corresponds to only inter-community connections (Fig. 1), gives rise to a delocalized spectrum. In order to understand this delocalization transition we track the spectra for very fine rewiring between communities (Fig. 1). For exactly one rewiring most of the eigenvalues lying on the real axis are delocalized. This suggests that there are eigenfunctions confined within their respective random communities. With the increase in rewiring between communities some of the eigenstates lying at the boundary of the circular region start delocalizing. This suggests that some of the eigenstates now span the whole network through rewired connections that connect two sub-networks. With the further deformation from the community structure, the next level of delocalization starts occurring through a circular ring around center, which gradually spans the whole spectrum with an increase in the rewiring.

The spectra of random networks, where the probability for a node being inhibitory or excitatory is equal, show a circular distribution with a radius . Based on the IPR values, the spectrum can be divided into two parts, (A) one part consisting of eigenstates at the real axis and at four corners with large absolute eigenvalues that are localized, and (B) another part consisting of the bulk middle part of the spectrum, which is less localized. As the connection probability increases part (B) starts dominating the spectra, except for a few localized eigenvalues, which remain very well separated from the bulk part even for very large connection probabilities.

In order to understand the mechanism for localization we tracked the spectra as the network is rewired from a completely symmetric structure () to a completely asymmetric one (). For symmetric networks spectra lie on the real axis with exactly one eigenvalue separated from the bulk. As connections are made directed by making some nodes inhibitory, some of the eigenstates start occurring in complex conjugate pairs. The eigenvalue distribution along with the IPR value show a rich pattern. Overall, the spectra gradually become more delocalized as the number of directed connections increases.

Furthermore we studied spectra of matrices with non-negative entries. This kind of matrices was previously investigated in details; we also showed that the spectral distribution follows Girko’s generalized law. For it shows circular distribution, and as the correlation increases spectra become elliptical. The localization properties of whole spectra remain similar except for a sudden localization for very large values of .

Spectra of networks with a scalefree community structure do not show a localization pattern that is much different from spectra of networks with the random community structures. For two separated communities with one connection between them, the spectra are circular with radius and the boundary of the circular region is scattered. As more connections are rewired leading to stronger coupling between the communities, the spectral distribution remains same but the localization behavior of the eigenstates changes. The main difference from the spectra of networks in section Sec. II is that they are less delocalized which is obvious because any network with a scalefree community structure always has more structure than the corresponding networks with a random community structure. The crucial point is that the spectral distribution is very robust with the changes in the structure of the network and depends strongly on the directionality measure , whereas the localization property depends on both the structure of the networks and the directionality of connections, i.e., the value of .

We encounter interesting features while tracking the spectra as the network with a community structure goes from a directed to a symmetric one. For a random network with two random communities, the spectrum shows exactly two eigenvalues well separated from the bulk (Fig. 1). These eigenstates correspond to the two largest absolute values and are delocalized. The largest one is completely delocalized as was the case for a random network without a community structure, but the second largest one that is well separated from the bulk provides a distinguished signature of two communities in the network. As the number of directed connections increases the spectrum can again be divided into two parts, (A) the part of the spectrum with real eigenvalues and (B) the part of the spectrum with complex conjugate pairs.

To the end we analyze a realworld spectrum. Spectral properties of the metabolic network of zebrafish show much richer features than the model networks considered in the present paper. One very striking difference is the localization property of the eigenstate with the largest absolute value. This eigenstate is localized in contrast to those of the model networks. Another observation is the clustering of eigenvalues in an elliptical disk along the imaginary axis.

In the paper we have investigated spectra and localization properties of directed networks with binary entries. The networks with inhibitory and excitatory nodes have much richer spectra than the networks with only excitatory nodes. The bulk of the spectra for completely asymmetric networks follow Girko’s law, but as probability of directed connections is reduced the spectra show very different patterns depending upon the network structure and the ratio of inhibitory and excitatory nodes. The realworld network that we studied here shows a very different spectral pattern from any of the model networks we have studied. Though directed networks span a variety of complex systems, the research for directed networks leading to complex eigenvalues is limited. The results presented in the present paper provide a useful platform to understand the structural pattern in directed networks, and can be used to investigate further the dynamical behavior of nodes relevant to a variety of problems ranging from physics to sociology.

## Ix Acknowledgment

We acknowledge Dr. Changsong Zhou for useful discussions at the initial phase of the work, and Zhang Xun for providing zebrafish metabolic data from KEGG kegg ().

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