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Detection of community overlap according to belief propagation and conflict

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  • Fu, Xianghua
  • Liu, Liandong
  • Wang, Chao
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    Most existing methods for detection of community overlap cannot balance efficiency and accuracy for large and densely overlapping networks. To quickly identify overlapping communities for such networks, we propose a new method that uses belief propagation and conflict (PCB) to occupy communities. We first identify triangles with maximal clustering coefficients as seed nodes and sow a new type of belief to the seed nodes. Then the beliefs explore their territory by occupying nodes with high assent ability. The beliefs propagate their strength along the graph to consolidate their territory, and conflict with each other when they encounter the same node simultaneously. Finally, the node membership is judged from the belief vectors. The PCB time complexity is nearly linear and its space complexity is linear. The algorithm was tested in extensive experiments on three real-world social networks and three computer-generated artificial graphs. The experimental results show that PCB is very fast and highly reliable. Tests on real and artificial networks give excellent results compared with three newly proposed overlapping community detection algorithms.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications.

    Volume (Year): 392 (2013)
    Issue (Month): 4 ()
    Pages: 941-952

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:phsmap:v:392:y:2013:i:4:p:941-952
    DOI: 10.1016/j.physa.2012.09.023
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    1. Shen, Huawei & Cheng, Xueqi & Cai, Kai & Hu, Mao-Bin, 2009. "Detect overlapping and hierarchical community structure in networks," Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, Elsevier, vol. 388(8), pages 1706-1712.
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