October 2015: Tracking Temporal Community Strength in Dynamic Networks

posted Oct 15, 2015, 11:04 AM by Symeon Papadopoulos
Nan Du, Xiaowei Jia, Jing Gao, Vishrawas Gopalakrishnan, Aidong Zhang, "Tracking Temporal Community Strength in Dynamic Networks", IEEE Transactions on Knowledge & Data Engineering, vol.27, no. 11, pp. 3125-3137, Nov. 2015, doi:10.1109/TKDE.2015.2432815

Abstract: Community formation analysis of dynamic networks has been a hot topic in data mining which has attracted much attention. Recently, there are many studies which focus on discovering communities successively from consecutive snapshots by considering both the current and historical information. However, these methods cannot provide us with much historical or successive information related to the detected communities. Different from previous studies which focus on community detection in dynamic networks, we define a new problem of tracking the progression of the community strength—a novel measure that reflects the community robustness and coherence throughout the entire observation period. To achieve this goal, we propose a novel framework which formulates the problem as an optimization task. The proposed community strength analysis also provides foundation for a wide variety of related applications such as discovering how the strength of each detected community changes over the entire observation period. To demonstrate that the proposed method provides precise and meaningful evolutionary patterns of communities which are not directly obtainable from traditional methods, we perform extensive experimental studies on one synthetic and five real datasets: Social evolution, tweeting interaction, actor relationships, bibliography, and biological datasets. Experimental results show that the proposed approach is highly effective in discovering the progression of community strengths and detecting interesting communities.