Characterizing and extracting multiplex patterns in complex networks

Bo Yang*, Jiming LIU, Dayou Liu

*Corresponding author for this work

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Complex network theory provides a means for modeling and analyzing complex systems that consist of multiple and interdependent components. Among the studies on complex networks, structural analysis is of fundamental importance as it presents a natural route to understanding the dynamics, as well as to synthesizing or optimizing the functions, of networks. A wide spectrum of structural patterns of networks has been reported in the past decade, such as communities, multipartites, bipartite, hubs, authorities, outliers, and bow ties, among others. In this paper, we are interested in tackling the challenging task of characterizing and extracting multiplex patterns (multiple patterns as mentioned previously coexisting in the same networks in a complicated manner), which so far has not been explicitly and adequately addressed in the literature. Our work shows that such multiplex patterns can be well characterized as well as effectively extracted by means of a granular stochastic blockmodel, together with a set of related algorithms proposed here based on some machine learning and statistical inference ideas. These models and algorithms enable us to further explore complex networks from a novel perspective.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6046146
Pages (from-to)469-481
Number of pages13
JournalIEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, Part B: Cybernetics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2012

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Software
  • Information Systems
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

User-Defined Keywords

  • Complex networks
  • machine learning
  • multiplex patterns
  • pattern analysis
  • statistical inference


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