A Binary Search Algorithm for Correlation Study of Decay Centrality vs. Degree Centrality and Closeness Centrality

  •  Natarajan Meghanathan    


Results of correlation study (using Pearson's correlation coefficient, PCC) between decay centrality (DEC) vs. degree centrality (DEG) and closeness centrality (CLC) for a suite of 48 real-world networks indicate an interesting trend: PCC(DEC, DEG) decreases with increase in the decay parameter δ (0 < δ < 1) and PCC(DEC, CLC) decreases with decrease in δ. We make use of this trend of monotonic decrease in the PCC values (from both sides of the δ-search space) and propose a binary search algorithm that (given a threshold value r for the PCC) could be used to identify a value of δ (if one exists, we say there exists a positive δ-spacer) for a real-world network such that PCC(DEC, DEG) ≥ r as well as PCC(DEC, CLC) ≥ r. We show the use of the binary search algorithm to find the maximum Threshold PCC value rmax (such that δ-spacermax is positive) for a real-world network. We observe a very strong correlation between rmax and PCC(DEG, CLC) as well as observe real-world networks with a larger variation in node degree to more likely have a lower rmax value and vice-versa.

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  • ISSN(Print): 1913-8989
  • ISSN(Online): 1913-8997
  • Started: 2008
  • Frequency: semiannual

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