Partitioning Large Networks Without Breaking Communities**
Publication Type:Journal Article
Source:Knowledge and Information Systems, Volume 25, Issue 2, p.345–369 (2009)
The identification of cohesive communities is a key process in social network analysis. However, the algorithms that are effective for finding communities do not scale well to very large problems, as their time complexity is worse than linear in the number of edges in the graph. This is an important issue for those interested in applying social network analysis techniques to very large networks, such as networks of mobile phone subscribers. In this respect the contributions of this paper are two-fold. First we demonstrate these scaling issues using a prominent community-finding algorithm as a case study. We then show that a two-stage process, whereby the network is first decomposed into manageable subnetworks using a multilevel graph partitioning procedure, is effective in finding communities in networks with more than 10^6 nodes.
** Publication jointly funded by Enterprise Ireland, DamBUST and Clique