The critical infrastructures of the nation such as the power grid and the communication network are highly interdependent. Also, it has been observed that there exists complex interdependent relationships between individual entities of the power grid and the communication network that further obfuscates the analysis, and mitigation of faults in such multi-layered networks. In recent years, the research community has made significant efforts towards gaining insight and understanding of the interdependency relations in such multi-layered networks, and accordingly, a number of models have been proposed and analyzed towards realizing this goal.
In this chapter we study existing interdependency models proposed in the recent literature and discuss their approach, and inherent features, towards modeling interdependent multi-layer networks. We also provide a brief discussion into the drawbacks of each of these models and propose an alternate model that addresses these drawbacks by capturing the interdependency relationships using a combination of conjunctive and disjunctive relations.
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