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Distribution-Free Models of Social and Information Networks

Tim Roughgarden

Recorded 09 November 2017 in Lausanne, Vaud, Switzerland

Event: IC Colloquia - EPFL IC School Colloquia


The mathematical study of social and information networks has historically centered around generative models for such networks (preferential attachment, the Chung-Lu random graph model, Kronecker graphs, etc.). This talk proposes distribution-free models of social and information networks --- novel classes of graphs that capture all plausible such networks. Our models are motivated by triadic closure, the property that vertices with one or more mutual neighbors tend to also be neighbors; this is one of the most universal signatures of social networks. We prove structural results on the clustering properties of such graphs, and give algorithmic applications to clustering and clique-finding problems.

Includes joint work with Jacob Fox, Rishi Gupta, C. Seshadhri, Fan Wei, and Nicole Wein.

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