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Issue No. 01 - Jan.-March (2017 vol. 4)
ISSN: 2327-4697
pp: 13-26
Vince Lyzinski , Human Language Technology Center of Excellence, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
Minh Tang , Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
Avanti Athreya , Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
Youngser Park , Center for Imaging Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
Carey E. Priebe , Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
ABSTRACT
In disciplines as diverse as social network analysis and neuroscience, many large graphs are believed to be composed of loosely connected smaller graph primitives, whose structure is more amenable to analysis We propose a robust, scalable, integrated methodology for community detection and community comparison in graphs. In our procedure, we first embed a graph into an appropriate Euclidean space to obtain a low-dimensional representation, and then cluster the vertices into communities. We next employ nonparametric graph inference techniques to identify structural similarity among these communities. These two steps are then applied recursively on the communities, allowing us to detect more fine-grained structure. We describe a hierarchical stochastic blockmodel—namely, a stochastic blockmodel with a natural hierarchical structure—and establish conditions under which our algorithm yields consistent estimates of model parameters and motifs, which we define to be stochastically similar groups of subgraphs. Finally, we demonstrate the effectiveness of our algorithm in both simulated and real data. Specifically, we address the problem of locating similar sub-communities in a partially reconstructed Drosophila connectome and in the social network Friendster.
INDEX TERMS
Stochastic processes, Social network services, Clustering algorithms, Symmetric matrices, Neuroscience, Robustness, Inference algorithms
CITATION

V. Lyzinski, M. Tang, A. Athreya, Y. Park and C. E. Priebe, "Community Detection and Classification in Hierarchical Stochastic Blockmodels," in IEEE Transactions on Network Science and Engineering, vol. 4, no. 1, pp. 13-26, 2017.
doi:10.1109/TNSE.2016.2634322
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