Rare class detection in networks

Karthik Subbian, Charu C. Aggarwal, Jaideep Srivastava, Vipin Kumar

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The problem of node classification in networks is an important one in a wide variety of social networking domains. In many real applications such as product recommendations, the class of interest may be very rare. In such scenarios, it is often very difficult to learn the most relevant node classification characteristics, both because of the paucity of training data, and because of poor connectivity among rare class nodes in the network structure. Node classification methods crucially dependent upon structural homophily, and a lack of connectivity among rare class nodes can create significant challenges. However, many such social networks are content-rich, and the content-rich nature of such networks can be leveraged to compensate for the lack of structural connectivity among rare class nodes. While content-centric and semi-supervised methods have been used earlier in the context of paucity of labeled data, the rare class scenario has not been investigated in this context. In fact, we are not aware of any known classification method which is tailored towards rare class detection in networks. This paper will present a spectral approach for rare-class detection, which uses a distance-preserving transform, in order to combine the structural information in the network with the available content. We will show the advantage of this approach over traditional methods for collective classification.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSIAM International Conference on Data Mining 2015, SDM 2015
EditorsSuresh Venkatasubramanian, Jieping Ye
PublisherSociety for Industrial and Applied Mathematics Publications
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781510811522
StatePublished - 2015
EventSIAM International Conference on Data Mining 2015, SDM 2015 - Vancouver, Canada
Duration: Apr 30 2015May 2 2015

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NameSIAM International Conference on Data Mining 2015, SDM 2015


OtherSIAM International Conference on Data Mining 2015, SDM 2015

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