A Consistent Adjacency Spectral Embedding for Stochastic Blockmodel Graphs
We present a method to estimate block membership of nodes in a random graph generated by a stochastic blockmodel. We use an embedding procedure motivated by the random dot product graph model, a particular example of the latent position model. The embedding associates each node with a vector; these vectors are clustered via minimization of a square error criterion. We prove that this method is consistent for assigning nodes to blocks, as only a negligible number of nodes will be misassigned. We prove consistency of the method for directed and undirected graphs. The consistent block assignment makes possible consistent parameter estimation for a stochastic blockmodel. We extend the result in the setting where the number of blocks grows slowly with the number of nodes. Our method is also computationally feasible even for very large graphs. We compare our method with Laplacian spectral clustering through analysis of simulated data and a graph derived from Wikipedia documents.
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Volume (Year): 107 (2012)
Issue (Month): 499 (September)
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