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On the optimal solution of budgeted influence maximization problem in social networks


  • Evren Güney

    () (Istanbul Arel University)


The budgeted influence maximization problem is a challenging stochastic optimization problem defined on social networks. In this problem, the objective is identifying influential individuals who can influence the maximum number of members within a limited budget. In this work an integer program that approximates the original problem is developed and solved by a sample average approximation (SAA) scheme. Experimental analyses indicate that SAA method provides better results than the greedy method without worsening the solution time performance.

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  • Evren Güney, 2019. "On the optimal solution of budgeted influence maximization problem in social networks," Operational Research, Springer, vol. 19(3), pages 817-831, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:operea:v:19:y:2019:i:3:d:10.1007_s12351-017-0305-x
    DOI: 10.1007/s12351-017-0305-x

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