The Effect of Network Realism on Community Detection Algorithms

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Orman G. K. , Labatut V.

International Conference on Advances in Social Network Analysis and Mining (ASONAM), Odense, Denmark, 9 - 11 August 2010, pp.301-305 identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Doi Number: 10.1109/asonam.2010.70
  • City: Odense
  • Country: Denmark
  • Page Numbers: pp.301-305
  • Keywords: complex networks, community detection, random networks, networks generation, networks properties


Community detection consists in searching cohesive subgroups in complex networks. It has recently become one of the domain pivotal questions for scientists in many different fields where networks are used as modeling tools. Algorithms performing community detection are usually tested on real, but also on artificial networks, the former being costly and difficult to obtain. In this context, being able to generate networks with realistic properties is crucial for the reliability of the tests. Recently, Lancichinetti et al. [1] designed a method to produce realistic networks, with a community structure and power law distributed degrees and community sizes. However, other realistic properties such as degree correlation and transitivity are missing. In this work, we propose a modification of their approach, based on the preferential attachment model, in order to remedy this limitation. We analyze the properties of the generated networks and compare them to the original approach. We then apply different community detection algorithms and observe significant changes in their performances when compared to results on networks generated with the original approach.