Active semi-supervised overlapping community finding with pairwise constraints

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Title: Active semi-supervised overlapping community finding with pairwise constraints
Authors: Alghamdi, ElhamGreene, Derek
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Date: 23-Aug-2019
Online since: 2019-08-27T07:12:10Z
Abstract: Algorithms for finding communities in complex networks are generally unsupervised, relying solely on the structure of the network. However, these methods can often fail to uncover meaningful groupings that reflect the underlying communities in the data, particularly when they are highly overlapping. One way to improve these algorithms is by incorporating human expertise or background knowledge in the form of pairwise constraints to direct the community detection process. In this work, we explore the potential of semi-supervised strategies to improve algorithms for finding overlapping communities in networks. We propose a method, based on label propagation, for finding communities using pairwise constraints. Furthermore, we introduce a new strategy, inspired by active learning, for intelligent constraint selection, which is designed to minimize the level of human annotation required. Extensive evaluations on synthetic and real-world datasets demonstrate the potential of this strategy for effectively uncovering meaningful overlapping community structures, using a limited amount of supervision.
Funding Details: Science Foundation Ireland
metadata.dc.description.othersponsorship: Insight Research Centre
The Ministry of Higher Education in Saudi Arabia
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Springer
Journal: Applied Network Science
Volume: 4
Issue: 63
Start page: 1
End page: 27
Copyright (published version): 2019 the Authors
Keywords: Machine Learning & StatisticsAlgorithmsCommunitiesSocial networksPC-SLPAAC-SLPA
DOI: 10.1007/s41109-019-0175-7
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
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