Streaming Local Community Detection through Approximate Conductance [article]

Yanhao Yang, Meng Wang, David Bindel, Kun He
2021 arXiv   pre-print
Community is a universal structure in various complex networks, and community detection is a fundamental task for network analysis. With the rapid growth of network scale, networks are massive, changing rapidly and could naturally be modeled as graph streams. Due to the limited memory and access constraint in graph streams, existing non-streaming community detection methods are no longer applicable. This raises an emerging need for online approaches. In this work, we consider the problem of
more » ... vering the local community containing a few query nodes in graph streams, termed streaming local community detection. This is a new problem raised recently that is more challenging for community detection and only a few works address this online setting. Correspondingly, we design an online single-pass streaming local community detection approach. Inspired by the "local" property of communities, our method samples the local structure around the query nodes in graph streams, and extracts the target community on the sampled subgraph using our proposed metric called the approximate conductance. Comprehensive experiments show that our method remarkably outperforms the streaming baseline on both effectiveness and efficiency, and even achieves similar accuracy comparing to the state-of-the-art non-streaming local community detection methods that use static and complete graphs.
arXiv:2110.14972v1 fatcat:7jwtd7ilczdo7cp4he4uryauy4