Wednesday, July 31, 2013

1307.7729 (M. E. J. Newman)

Spectral methods for network community detection and graph partitioning    [PDF]

M. E. J. Newman
We consider three distinct and well studied problems concerning network structure: community detection by modularity maximization, community detection by statistical inference, and normalized-cut graph partitioning. Each of these problems can be tackled using spectral algorithms that make use of the eigenvectors of matrix representations of the network. We show that with certain choices of the free parameters appearing in these spectral algorithms the algorithms for all three problems are, in fact, identical, and hence that, at least within the spectral approximations used here, there is no difference between the modularity- and inference-based community detection methods, or between either and graph partitioning.
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