Data from: Technology networks: the autocatalytic origins of innovation

Lorenzo Napolitano, Evangelos Evangelou, Emanuele Pugliese, Paolo Zeppini & Graham Room
We analyse the autocatalytic structure of technological networks and evaluate its significance for the dynamics of innovation patenting. To this aim, we define a directed network of technological fields based on the International Patents Classification, in which a source node is connected to a receiver node via a link if patenting activity in the source field anticipates patents in the receiver field in the same region more frequently than we would expect at random. We...
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