Properties of Latent Variable Network Models

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Title: Properties of Latent Variable Network Models
Authors: Rastelli, Riccardo
Friel, Nial
Raftery, Adrian E.
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Date: 12-Dec-2016
Online since: 2017-03-10T17:23:29Z
Abstract: We derive properties of Latent Variable Models for networks, a broad class ofmodels that includes the widely-used Latent Position Models. These include theaverage degree distribution, clustering coefficient, average path length and degreecorrelations. We introduce the Gaussian Latent Position Model, and derive analyticexpressions and asymptotic approximations for its network properties. Wepay particular attention to one special case, the Gaussian Latent Position Modelswith Random Effects, and show that it can represent the heavy-tailed degree distributions,positive asymptotic clustering coefficients and small-world behaviours thatare often observed in social networks. Several real and simulated examples illustratethe ability of the models to capture important features of observed networks.
Funding Details: Science Foundation Ireland
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Journal: Network Science
Volume: 4
Issue: 4
Start page: 407
End page: 432
Copyright (published version): 2016 Cambridge University Press
Keywords: Machine learningStatisticsFitness modelsLatent position modelsLatent variable modelsRandom graphsSocial networks
DOI: 10.1017/nws.2016.23
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
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