Evolution of network characteristics. This figure illustrates the evolution of network characteristics with increasing deletion rate for the P. falciparum network from LaCount et al. . The development is shown for the characteristic path length L (A), the fraction of edges remaining in the network (FER) (B) and the number of connected components remaining (NCR) (C). Results for the reference networks are shown as well. In B, the original networks show the same behavior as the rewired networks and, thus, the corresponding green line is hidden behind the blue line for the rewired networks.