Date of Original Version

10-10-2010

Type

Working Paper

Abstract or Description

Actors in realistic social networks play not one but a number of diverse roles depending on whom they interact with, and a large number of such role-specific interactions collectively determine social communities and their organizations. Methods for analyzing social networks should capture these multi-faceted rolespecific interactions, and, more interestingly, discover the latent organization or hierarchy of social communities. We propose a hierarchical Mixed Membership Stochastic Blockmodel to model the generation of hierarchies in social communities, selective membership of actors to subsets of these communities, and the resultant networks due to within- and cross-community interactions. Furthermore, to automatically discover these latent structures from social networks, we develop a Gibbs sampling algorithm for our model. We conduct extensive validation of our model using synthetic networks, and demonstrate the utility of our model in real-world datasets such as predator-prey networks and citation networks

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