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Local community detection based on small cliques

Hamann, Michael 1; Röhrs, Eike 1; Wagner, Dorothea 1
1 Institut für Theoretische Informatik (ITI), Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)


Community detection aims to find dense subgraphs in a network. We consider the problem of finding a community locally around a seed node both in unweighted and weighted networks. This is a faster alternative to algorithms that detect communities that cover the whole network when actually only a single community is required. Further, many overlapping community detection algorithms use local community detection algorithms as basic building block. We provide a broad comparison of different existing strategies of expanding a seed node greedily into a community. For this, we conduct an extensive experimental evaluation both on synthetic benchmark graphs as well as real world networks. We show that results both on synthetic as well as real-world networks can be significantly improved by starting from the largest clique in the neighborhood of the seed node. Further, our experiments indicate that algorithms using scores based on triangles outperform other algorithms in most cases. We provide theoretical descriptions as well as open source implementations of all algorithms used.

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DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000075429
DOI: 10.3390/a10030090
Zitationen: 11
Zitationen: 12
Cover der Publikation
Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Theoretische Informatik (ITI)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsjahr 2017
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 1999-4893
KITopen-ID: 1000075429
Erschienen in Algorithms
Verlag MDPI
Band 10
Heft 3
Seiten Art.Nr.: 90
Schlagwörter community detection, local community, clique, iterative expansion
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