Finding Top-k Shortest Path Distance Changes in an Evolutionary Network
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- Gupta M., Aggarwal C.C., Han J. (2011) Finding Top-k Shortest Path Distance Changes in an Evolutionary Network. In: Pfoser D. et al. (eds) Advances in Spatial and Temporal Databases. SSTD 2011. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 6849. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
Networks can be represented as evolutionary graphs in a variety of spatio-temporal applications. Changes in the nodes and edges over time may also result in corresponding changes in structural garph properties such as shortest path distances. In this paper, we study the problem of detecting the top-k most significant shortest-path distance changes between two snapshots of an evolving graph. While the problem is solvable with two applications of the all-pairs shortest path algorithm, such a solution would be extremely slow and impractical for very large graphs. This is because when a graph may contain millions of nodes, even the storage of distances between all node pairs can become inefficient in practice. Therefore, it is desirable to design algorithms which can directly determine the significant changes in shortest path distances, without materializing the distances in individual snapshots. We present algorithms that are up to two orders of magnitude faster than such a solution, while retaining comparable accuracy.
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