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2009 IEEE 25th International Conference on Data Engineering (2009)
Mar. 29, 2009 to Apr. 2, 2009
ISSN: 1084-4627
ISBN: 978-0-7695-3545-6
pp: 856-867
Given a large graph and a set of objects, the task of object connection discovery is to find a subgraph that retains the best connection between the objects. Object connection discovery is useful to many important applications such as discovering the connection between different terrorist groups for counter-terrorism operations. Existing work considers only the connection between individual objects; however, in many real problems the objects usually have a context (e.g., a terrorist belongs to a terrorist group). We identify the context for the nodes in a large graph. We partition the graph into a set of communities based on the concept of modularity, where each community becomes naturally the context of the nodes within the community. By considering the context we also significantly improve the efficiency of object connection discovery, since we break down the big graph into much smaller communities. We first compute the best intra-community connection by maximizing the amount of information flow in the answer graph. Then, we extend the connection to the inter-community level by utilizing the community hierarchy relation, while the quality of the inter-community connection is also ensured by modularity. Our experiments show that our algorithm is three orders of magnitude faster than the state-of-the-art algorithm, while the quality of the query answer is comparable.
Object connection discovery, context-aware query, community, graph database

Y. Ke, J. Cheng, W. Ng and J. X. Yu, "Context-Aware Object Connection Discovery in Large Graphs," 2009 IEEE 25th International Conference on Data Engineering(ICDE), vol. 00, no. , pp. 856-867, 2009.
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