How choosing random-walk model and network representation matters for flow-based community detection in hypergraphs

Anton Eriksson, Daniel Edler, Alexis Rojas, Manlio de Domenico, Martin Rosvall
2021 Communications Physics  
AbstractHypergraphs offer an explicit formalism to describe multibody interactions in complex systems. To connect dynamics and function in systems with these higher-order interactions, network scientists have generalised random-walk models to hypergraphs and studied the multibody effects on flow-based centrality measures. Mapping the large-scale structure of those flows requires effective community detection methods applied to cogent network representations. For different hypergraph data and
more » ... earch questions, which combination of random-walk model and network representation is best? We define unipartite, bipartite, and multilayer network representations of hypergraph flows and explore how they and the underlying random-walk model change the number, size, depth, and overlap of identified multilevel communities. These results help researchers choose the appropriate modelling approach when mapping flows on hypergraphs.
doi:10.1038/s42005-021-00634-z fatcat:hyjou6il2jg7rhv44fxsp4miue