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Fast Computing Betweenness Centrality with Virtual Nodes on Large Sparse Networks  [PDF]
Jing Yang, Yingwu Chen
PLOS ONE , 2011, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0022557
Abstract: Betweenness centrality is an essential index for analysis of complex networks. However, the calculation of betweenness centrality is quite time-consuming and the fastest known algorithm uses time and space for weighted networks, where and are the number of nodes and edges in the network, respectively. By inserting virtual nodes into the weighted edges and transforming the shortest path problem into a breadth-first search (BFS) problem, we propose an algorithm that can compute the betweenness centrality in time for integer-weighted networks, where is the average weight of edges and is the average degree in the network. Considerable time can be saved with the proposed algorithm when , indicating that it is suitable for lightly weighted large sparse networks. A similar concept of virtual node transformation can be used to calculate other shortest path based indices such as closeness centrality, graph centrality, stress centrality, and so on. Numerical simulations on various randomly generated networks reveal that it is feasible to use the proposed algorithm in large network analysis.
Approximating Betweenness Centrality in Large Evolving Networks  [PDF]
Elisabetta Bergamini,Henning Meyerhenke,Christian L. Staudt
Computer Science , 2014,
Abstract: Betweenness centrality ranks the importance of nodes by their participation in all shortest paths of the network. Therefore computing exact betweenness values is impractical in large networks. For static networks, approximation based on randomly sampled paths has been shown to be significantly faster in practice. However, for dynamic networks, no approximation algorithm for betweenness centrality is known that improves on static recomputation. We address this deficit by proposing two incremental approximation algorithms (for weighted and unweighted connected graphs) which provide a provable guarantee on the absolute approximation error. Processing batches of edge insertions, our algorithms yield significant speedups up to a factor of $10^4$ compared to restarting the approximation. This is enabled by investing memory to store and efficiently update shortest paths. As a building block, we also propose an asymptotically faster algorithm for updating the SSSP problem in unweighted graphs. Our experimental study shows that our algorithms are the first to make in-memory computation of a betweenness ranking practical for million-edge semi-dynamic networks. Moreover, our results show that the accuracy is even better than the theoretical guarantees in terms of absolutes errors and the rank of nodes is well preserved, in particular for those with high betweenness.
Betweenness Centrality of Event Graph Application to Metabolic Network Modelled by Elementary Net System  [PDF]
H. Raaf,B. Messabih
Journal of Applied Sciences , 2010,
Abstract: The ENS (Elementary Net Systems) is derived from low Petri nets Conditions/events systems. We present in this study an approach to compute the betweenness centrality index on a depending graph of an ENS. This measure can be used not only to predict the most influential event in ENS also to detect community structure (sub-network structure). So we firstly give a new strategy to represent ENS network as an event depending graph. Then we give some definitions to compute betweenness centrality indices on this depending graph. Pathway analysis of large metabolic networks meets with the problem of combinatorial explosion of pathways. To help us better understand the organization principle of complex metabolic network, we propose to present a metabolic network with ENS. This aims to deconstruct metabolic networks into sub-networks based on the global network structure by using the betweenness index. This strategy of modeling is most adequate to apply the betweenness algorithm.
Approximating Betweenness Centrality in Fully-dynamic Networks  [PDF]
Elisabetta Bergamini,Henning Meyerhenke
Computer Science , 2015,
Abstract: Betweenness is a well-known centrality measure that ranks the nodes of a network according to their participation in shortest paths. Since an exact computation is prohibitive in large networks, several approximation algorithms have been proposed. Besides that, recent years have seen the publication of dynamic algorithms for efficient recomputation of betweenness in networks that change over time. In this paper we propose the first betweenness centrality approximation algorithms with a provable guarantee on the maximum approximation error for dynamic networks. Several new intermediate algorithmic results contribute to the respective approximation algorithms: (i) new upper bounds on the vertex diameter, (ii) the first fully-dynamic algorithm for updating an approximation of the vertex diameter in undirected graphs, and (iii) an algorithm with lower time complexity for updating single-source shortest paths in unweighted graphs after a batch of edge actions. Using approximation, our algorithms are the first to make in-memory computation of betweenness in dynamic networks with millions of edges feasible. Our experiments show that our algorithms can achieve substantial speedups compared to recomputation, up to several orders of magnitude. Moreover, the approximation accuracy is usually significantly better than the theoretical guarantee in terms of absolute error. More importantly, for reasonably small approximation error thresholds, the rank of nodes is well preserved, in particular for nodes with high betweenness.
Range-limited Centrality Measures in Complex Networks  [PDF]
Maria Ercsey-Ravasz,Ryan Lichtenwalter,Nitesh V. Chawla,Zoltan Toroczkai
Computer Science , 2011,
Abstract: Here we present a range-limited approach to centrality measures in both non-weighted and weighted directed complex networks. We introduce an efficient method that generates for every node and every edge its betweenness centrality based on shortest paths of lengths not longer than $\ell = 1,...,L$ in case of non-weighted networks, and for weighted networks the corresponding quantities based on minimum weight paths with path weights not larger than $w_{\ell}=\ell \Delta$, $\ell=1,2...,L=R/\Delta$. These measures provide a systematic description on the positioning importance of a node (edge) with respect to its network neighborhoods 1-step out, 2-steps out, etc. up to including the whole network. We show that range-limited centralities obey universal scaling laws for large non-weighted networks. As the computation of traditional centrality measures is costly, this scaling behavior can be exploited to efficiently estimate centralities of nodes and edges for all ranges, including the traditional ones. The scaling behavior can also be exploited to show that the ranking top-list of nodes (edges) based on their range-limited centralities quickly freezes as function of the range, and hence the diameter-range top-list can be efficiently predicted. We also show how to estimate the typical largest node-to-node distance for a network of $N$ nodes, exploiting the aforementioned scaling behavior. These observations are illustrated on model networks and on a large social network inferred from cell-phone trace logs ($\sim 5.5\times 10^6$ nodes and $\sim 2.7\times 10^7$ edges). Finally, we apply these concepts to efficiently detect the vulnerability backbone of a network (defined as the smallest percolating cluster of the highest betweenness nodes and edges) and illustrate the importance of weight-based centrality measures in weighted networks in detecting such backbones.
Communicability Betweenness in Complex Networks  [PDF]
Ernesto Estrada,Desmond J. Higham,Naomichi Hatano
Physics , 2009, DOI: 10.1016/j.physa.2008.11.011
Abstract: Betweenness measures provide quantitative tools to pick out fine details from the massive amount of interaction data that is available from large complex networks. They allow us to study the extent to which a node takes part when information is passed around the network. Nodes with high betweenness may be regarded as key players that have a highly active role. At one extreme, betweenness has been defined by considering information passing only through the shortest paths between pairs of nodes. At the other extreme, an alternative type of betweenness has been defined by considering all possible walks of any length. In this work, we propose a betweenness measure that lies between these two opposing viewpoints. We allow information to pass through all possible routes, but introduce a scaling so that longer walks carry less importance. This new definition shares a similar philosophy to that of communicability for pairs of nodes in a network, which was introduced by Estrada and Hatano (Phys. Rev. E 77 (2008) 036111). Having defined this new communicability betweenness measure, we show that it can be characterized neatly in terms of the exponential of the adjacency matrix. We also show that this measure is closely related to a Frechet derivative of the matrix exponential. This allows us to conclude that it also describes network sensitivity when the edges of a given node are subject to infinitesimally small perturbations. Using illustrative synthetic and real life networks, we show that the new betweenness measure behaves differently to existing versions, and in particular we show that it recovers meaningful biological information from a protein-protein interaction network.
Undetermination of the relation between network synchronizability and betweenness centrality

Wang Sheng-Jun,Wu Zhi-Xi,Dong Hai-Rong,Chen Guan-Rong,

中国物理 B , 2011,
Abstract: Betweenness centrality is taken as a sensible indicator of the synchronizability of complex networks. To test whether betweenness centrality is a proper measure of the synchronizability in specific realizations of random networks, this paper adds edges to the networks and then evaluates the changes of betweenness centrality and network synchronizability. It finds that the two quantities vary independently.
Search in weighted complex networks  [PDF]
Hari P. Thadakamalla,Reka Albert,Soundar R. T. Kumara
Physics , 2005, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.72.066128
Abstract: We study trade-offs presented by local search algorithms in complex networks which are heterogeneous in edge weights and node degree. We show that search based on a network measure, local betweenness centrality (LBC), utilizes the heterogeneity of both node degrees and edge weights to perform the best in scale-free weighted networks. The search based on LBC is universal and performs well in a large class of complex networks.
Centrality scaling in large networks  [PDF]
Maria Ercsey-Ravasz,Zoltan Toroczkai
Physics , 2010, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.105.038701
Abstract: Betweenness centrality lies at the core of both transport and structural vulnerability properties of complex networks, however, it is computationally costly, and its measurement for networks with millions of nodes is near impossible. By introducing a multiscale decomposition of shortest paths, we show that the contributions to betweenness coming from geodesics not longer than L obey a characteristic scaling vs L, which can be used to predict the distribution of the full centralities. The method is also illustrated on a real-world social network of 5.5*10^6 nodes and 2.7*10^7 links.
Betweenness centrality correlation in social networks  [PDF]
K. -I. Goh,E. Oh,B. Kahng,D. Kim
Physics , 2002, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.67.017101
Abstract: Scale-free (SF) networks exhibiting a power-law degree distribution can be grouped into the assortative, dissortative and neutral networks according to the behavior of the degree-degree correlation coefficient. Here we investigate the betweenness centrality (BC) correlation for each type of SF networks. While the BC-BC correlation coefficients behave similarly to the degree-degree correlation coefficients for the dissortative and neutral networks, the BC correlation is nontrivial for the assortative ones found mainly in social networks. The mean BC of neighbors of a vertex with BC $g_i$ is almost independent of $g_i$, implying that each person is surrounded by almost the same influential environments of people no matter how influential the person is.
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