Detection of network communities with memory-biased random walk algorithms

Mesut Yucel, Lev Muchnik, Uri Hershberg*

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Community structure and its detection in complex networks has been the subject of many studies in the recent years. Towards this goal, we have created a novel approach based on the analysis of the motion of a memory-biased random walker, i.e. an entity that traverses the network with some tendency to follow or avoid pathways it has previously traversed.We found that the walker tends to remain inside communities, that is, subsets of the network nodes which are more connected to each other, rather than to the rest of the network. Based on this trait of the MBRW we developed a method to detect communities and tested its performance on a range of networks with different levels of community structure. In all tested cases, the method proved to be at least as effective as Girvan-Newman or Infomap while outperforming them when communities were less well defined.

Original languageAmerican English
Article numbercnw007
Pages (from-to)48-69
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Complex Networks
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2017

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  • Community detection
  • Cored networks
  • Memory-biased random walker (MBRW)
  • Module density


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