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Information Extraction from Large Multi-layer Social Networks

Brandon Oselio, Alex Kulesza, Alfred O. Hero III

Abstract

Social networks often encode community structure using mul- tiple distinct types of links between nodes. In this paper we introduce a novel method to extract information from such multi-layer networks, where each type of link forms its own layer. Using the concept of Pareto optimality, community de- tection in this multi-layer setting is formulated as a multiple criterion optimization problem. We propose an algorithm for finding an approximate Pareto frontier containing a family of solutions. The power of this approach is demonstrated on a Twitter dataset, where the nodes are hashtags and the layers correspond to (1) behavioral edges connecting pairs of hash- tags whose temporal profiles are similar and (2) relational edges connecting pairs of hashtags that appear in the same tweets.

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