Closeness Centrality for Networks with Overlapping Community Structure

Mateusz K. Tarkowski , Piotr Lech Szczepański , Talal Rahwan , Tomasz P. Michalak , Michael Wooldridge


Certain real-life networks have a community structure in which communities overlap. For example, a typical bus network includes bus stops (nodes), which belong to one or more bus lines (communities) that often overlap. Clearly, it is important to take this information into account when measuring the centrality of a bus stop—how important it is to the functioning of the network. For example, if a certain stop becomes inaccessible, the impact will depend in part on the bus lines that visit it. However, existing centrality measures do not take such information into account. Our aim is to bridge this gap. We begin by developing a new game-theoretic solution concept, which we call the Configuration semivalue, in order to have greater flexibility in modelling the community structure compared to previous solution concepts from cooperative game theory. We then use the new concept as a building block to construct the first extension of Closeness centrality to networks with community structure (overlapping or otherwise). Despite the computational complexity inherited from the Configuration semivalue, we show that the corresponding extension of Closeness centrality can be computed in polynomial time. We empirically evaluate this measure and our algorithm that computes it by analysing the Warsaw public transportation network.
Author Mateusz K. Tarkowski
Mateusz K. Tarkowski,,
, Piotr Lech Szczepański (FEIT / IN)
Piotr Lech Szczepański,,
- The Institute of Computer Science
, Talal Rahwan
Talal Rahwan,,
, Tomasz P. Michalak
Tomasz P. Michalak,,
, Michael Wooldridge
Michael Wooldridge,,
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Book Schuurmans Dale , Michael Wellman (eds.): Proceedings of the Thirtieth AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence, 2016, The AAAI Press, ISBN 978-157735-761-2, 758 p.
ProjectGame theoretical approach to determining a crucial nodes in the networks. Project leader: Szczepański Piotr Lech, , application date 13-06-2013, start date 21-03-2014, end date 20-03-2017, II/2014/PRELUDIUM/1, Completed
WEiTI Projects financed by NSC [Projekty finansowane przez NCN]
Languageen angielski
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