The Hawkes Edge Partition Model for Continuous-time Event-based Temporal Networks [article]

Sikun Yang, Heinz Koeppl
2020 arXiv   pre-print
We propose a novel probabilistic framework to model continuous-time interaction events data. Our goal is to infer the implicit community structure underlying the temporal interactions among entities, and also to exploit how the community structure influences the interaction dynamics among these nodes. To this end, we model the reciprocating interactions between individuals using mutually-exciting Hawkes processes. The base rate of the Hawkes process for each pair of individuals is built upon
more » ... latent representations inferred using the hierarchical gamma process edge partition model (HGaP-EPM). In particular, our model allows the interaction dynamics between each pair of individuals to be modulated by their respective affiliated communities. Moreover, our model can flexibly incorporate the auxiliary individuals' attributes, or covariates associated with interaction events. Efficient Gibbs sampling and Expectation-Maximization algorithms are developed to perform inference via Pólya-Gamma data augmentation strategy. Experimental results on real-world datasets demonstrate that our model not only achieves competitive performance for temporal link prediction compared with state-of-the-art methods, but also discovers interpretable latent structure behind the observed temporal interactions.
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