Mining graph patterns efficiently via randomized summaries

Chen Chen, Cindy X. Lin, Matt Fredrikson, Mihai Christodorescu, Xifeng Yan, Jiawei Han

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Graphs are prevalent in many domains such as Bioinformatics, social networks, Web and cyber-security. Graph pattern mining has become an important tool in the management and analysis of complexly structured data, where example applications include indexing, clustering and classification. Existing graph mining algorithms have achieved great success by exploiting various properties in the pattern space. Unfortunately, due to the fundamental role subgraph isomorphism plays in these methods, they may all enter into a pitfall when the cost to enumerate a huge set of isomorphic embeddings blows up, especially in large graphs. The solution we propose for this problem resorts to reduction on the data space. For each graph, we build a summary of it and mine this shrunk graph instead. Compared to other data reduction techniques that either reduce the number of transactions or compress between transactions, this new framework, called Summarize-Mine, suggests a third path by compressing within transactions. Summarize-Mine is effective in cutting down the size of graphs, thus decreasing the embedding enumeration cost. However, compression might lose patterns at the same time. We address this issue by generating randomized summaries and repeating the process for multiple rounds, where the main idea is that true patterns are unlikely to miss from all rounds. We provide strict probabilistic guarantees on pattern loss likelihood. Experiments on real malware trace data show that Summarize-Mine is very efficient, which can find interesting malware fingerprints that were not revealed previously.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)742-753
Number of pages12
JournalProceedings of the VLDB Endowment
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Computer Science(all)

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