Predicting Attributes of Nodes Using Network Structure

12/27/2019 ∙ by Sarwan Ali, et al. ∙ 0

In many graphs such as social networks, nodes have associated attributes representing their behavior. Predicting node attributes in such graphs is an important problem with applications in many domains like recommendation systems, privacy preservation, and targeted advertisement. Attributes values can be predicted by analyzing patterns and correlations among attributes and employing classification/regression algorithms. However, these approaches do not utilize readily available network topology information. In this regard, interconnections between different attributes of nodes can be exploited to improve the prediction accuracy. In this paper, we propose an approach to represent a node by a feature map with respect to an attribute a_i (which is used as input for machine learning algorithms) using all attributes of neighbors to predict attributes values for a_i. We perform extensive experimentation on ten real-world datasets and show that the proposed feature map significantly improves the prediction accuracy as compared to baseline approaches on these datasets.

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