Top-K interesting subgraph discovery in information networks

Manish Gupta, Jing Gao, Xifeng Yan, Hasan Cam, Jiawei Han

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In the real world, various systems can be modeled using heterogeneous networks which consist of entities of different types. Many problems on such networks can be mapped to an underlying critical problem of discovering top-K subgraphs of entities with rare and surprising associations. Answering such subgraph queries efficiently involves two main challenges: (1) computing all matching subgraphs which satisfy the query and (2) ranking such results based on the rarity and the interestingness of the associations among entities in the subgraphs. Previous work on the matching problem can be harnessed for a naïve ranking-after-matching solution. However, for large graphs, subgraph queries may have enormous number of matches, and so it is inefficient to compute all matches when only the top-K matches are desired. In this paper, we address the two challenges of matching and ranking in top-K subgraph discovery as follows. First, we introduce two index structures for the network: topology index, and graph maximum metapath weight index, which are both computed offline. Second, we propose novel top-K mechanisms to exploit these indexes for answering interesting subgraph queries online efficiently. Experimental results on several synthetic datasets and the DBLP and Wikipedia datasets containing thousands of entities show the efficiency and the effectiveness of the proposed approach in computing interesting subgraphs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2014 IEEE 30th International Conference on Data Engineering, ICDE 2014
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9781479925544
StatePublished - 2014
Event30th IEEE International Conference on Data Engineering, ICDE 2014 - Chicago, IL, United States
Duration: Mar 31 2014Apr 4 2014

Publication series

NameProceedings - International Conference on Data Engineering
ISSN (Print)1084-4627


Other30th IEEE International Conference on Data Engineering, ICDE 2014
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityChicago, IL

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Signal Processing
  • Information Systems


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