Community Detection in Partially Observable Social Networks [article]

Cong Tran, Won-Yong Shin, Andreas Spitz
2021 arXiv   pre-print
The discovery of community structures in social networks has gained significant attention since it is a fundamental problem in understanding the networks' topology and functions. However, most social network data are collected from partially observable networks with both missing nodes and edges. In this paper, we address a new problem of detecting overlapping community structures in the context of such an incomplete network, where communities in the network are allowed to overlap since nodes
more » ... ong to multiple communities at once. To solve this problem, we introduce KroMFac, a new framework that conducts community detection via regularized nonnegative matrix factorization (NMF) based on the Kronecker graph model. Specifically, from an inferred Kronecker generative parameter matrix, we first estimate the missing part of the network. As our major contribution to the proposed framework, to improve community detection accuracy, we then characterize and select influential nodes (which tend to have high degrees) by ranking, and add them to the existing graph. Finally, we uncover the community structures by solving the regularized NMF-aided optimization problem in terms of maximizing the likelihood of the underlying graph. Furthermore, adopting normalized mutual information (NMI), we empirically show superiority of our KroMFac approach over two baseline schemes by using both synthetic and real-world networks.
arXiv:1801.00132v8 fatcat:lcylh3shrzdgfn3i6bnei5fd5i