Hypergraph Simultaneous Generators

Bahman Pedrood · Carlotta Domeniconi · Kathryn Laskey


Generative models for affiliation networks condition the edges on the membership of their nodes to communities. The problem of community detection under these models is addressed by inferring the membership parameters from the network structure. Current models make several unrealistic assumptions to make the inference feasible, and are mostly designed to work on regular graphs that cannot handle multi-way connections between nodes. While the models designed for hypergraphs attempt to capture the latter, they add further strict assumptions on the structure and size of hyperedges and are usually computationally intractable for real data. This paper proposes an efficient probabilistic generative model for detecting overlapping communities that process hyperedges without any changes or restrictions on their size. Our model represents the entire state space of the hyperedges, which is exponential in the number of nodes. We develop a mathematical computation reduction scheme that reduces the inference time to linear in the volume of the hypergraph without sacrificing precision. Our experimental results validate the effectiveness and scalability of our model and demonstrate the superiority of our approach over state-of-the-art community detection methods.

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