2009 CoEvolutionofSocialandAffiliati

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Evolution, Social Network, Affiliation Network, Graph Generator, Groups


In our work, we address the problem of modeling social network generation which explains both link and group formation. Recent studies on social network evolution propose generative models which capture the statistical properties of real-world networks related only to node-to-node link formation. We propose a novel model which captures the co-evolution of social and affiliation networks. We provide surprising insights into group formation based on observations in several real-world networks, showing that users often join groups for reasons other than their friends. Our experiments show that the model is able to capture both the newly observed and previously studied network properties. This work is the first to propose a generative model which captures the statistical properties of these complex networks. The proposed model facilitates controlled experiments which study the effect of actors' behavior on the evolution of affiliation networks, and it allows the generation of realistic synthetic datasets.



 AuthorvolumeDate ValuetitletypejournaltitleUrldoinoteyear
2009 CoEvolutionofSocialandAffiliatiElena Zheleva
Hossam Sharara
Lise Getoor
Co-evolution of Social and Affiliation NetworksKDD-2009 Proceedings10.1145/1557019.15571282009