Greedy discrete particle swarm optimization for large-scale social network clustering
Abstract-Social computing is a new paradigm for information and communication technology.Social network analysis is one of the theoretical underpinnings of social computing. Community structure detection is believed to be an effective tool for social network analysis. Uncovering community structures in social networks can be regarded as clustering optimization problems. Because social networks are characterized by dynamics and huge volumes of data, conventional nature-inspired optimization algorithms encounter serious challenges when applied to solving large-scale social network clustering optimization problems. In this study, we put forward a novel particle swarm optimization algorithm to reveal community structures in social networks. The particle statuses are redeﬁned under a discrete scenario.The status updating rules are reconsidered based on the network topology. A greedy strategy is designed to drive particles to a promising region. To this end, a greedy discrete particle swarm optimization framework for large-scale social network clustering is suggested. To determine the performance of the algorithm, extensive experiments on both synthetic and real-world social networks are carried out. We also compare the proposed algorithm with several state-of-the-art network community clustering methods. The experimental results demonstrate that the proposed method is effective and promising for social network clustering.
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