Asymptotic Properties of Distributed Social Sampling Algorithm [article]

Qian Liu, Xingkang He, Haitao Fang
2019 arXiv   pre-print
Social sampling is a novel randomized message passing protocol inspired by social communication for opinion formation in social networks. In a typical social sampling algorithm, each agent holds a sample from the empirical distribution of social opinions at initial time, and it collaborates with other agents in a distributed manner to estimate the initial empirical distribution by randomly sampling a message from current distribution estimate. In this paper, we focus on analyzing the
more » ... properties of the distributed social sampling algorithm over random networks. Firstly, we provide a framework based on stochastic approximation to study the asymptotic properties of the algorithm. Then, under mild conditions, we prove that the estimates of all agents converge to a common random distribution, which is composed of the initial empirical distribution and the accumulation of quantized error. Besides, by tuning algorithm parameters, we prove the strong consistency, namely, the distribution estimates of agents almost surely converge to the initial empirical distribution. Furthermore, the asymptotic normality of estimation error generated by distributed social sampling algorithm is addressed. Finally, we provide a numerical simulation to validate the theoretical results of this paper.
arXiv:1901.06162v1 fatcat:f3u6e3nywzgwtd3lb5vtp4uwkm