Uncovering the effect of dominant attributes on community topology: A case of facebook networks


DOI: 10.1007/s10796-016-9696-0

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Sung, YS., Wang, D. & Kumara, S. Inf Syst Front (2016). doi:10.1007/s10796-016-9696-0


Community structure points to structural patterns and reflects organizational or functional associations of networks. In real networks, each node usually contains multiple attributes representing the node’s characteristics. It is difficult to identify the dominant attributes, which have definitive effects on community formation. In this paper, we obtain the overlapping communities using game-theoretic clustering and focus on identifying the dominant attributes in terms of each community. We uncover the association of attributes to the community topology by defining dominance ratio and applying Pearson correlation. We test our method on Facebook data of 100 universities and colleges in the U.S. The study enables an integrating observation on how the offline lives infer online consequences. The results showed that people in class year 2010 and people studying in the same major tend to form denser and smaller groups on Facebook. Such information helps e-marketing campaigns target right customers based on demographic information and without the knowledge of underlying social networks.


Dominant attribute Community detection Facebook Game-theoretic clustering Dominance ratio Community topology 

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Industrial & Manufacturing EngineeringThe Pennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA
  2. 2.Kellogg School of Management and Northwestern Institute on Complex SystemsNorthwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA

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