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A Local Method for Detecting Communities

By Jim Bagrow and Erik Bollt


We propose a novel method of community detection that is computationally inexpensive and possesses physical significance to a member of a social network. This method is unlike many divisive and agglomerative techniques and is local in the sense that a community can be detected within a network without requiring knowledge of the entire network. A global application of this method is also introduced. Several artificial and real-world networks, including the famous Zachary Karate club, are analyzed.Comment: Submitted to Phys. Rev.

Topics: Condensed Matter - Disordered Systems and Neural Networks
Year: 2005
DOI identifier: 10.1103/PhysRevE.72.046108
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