Characterizing the Hypergraph-of-Entity Representation Model

  • José DevezasEmail author
  • Sérgio Nunes
Conference paper
Part of the Studies in Computational Intelligence book series (SCI, volume 882)


The hypergraph-of-entity is a joint representation model for terms, entities and their relations, used as an indexing approach in entity-oriented search. In this work, we characterize the structure of the hypergraph, from a microscopic and macroscopic scale, as well as over time with an increasing number of documents. We use a random walk based approach to estimate shortest distances and node sampling to estimate clustering coefficients. We also propose the calculation of a general mixed hypergraph density based on the corresponding bipartite mixed graph. We analyze these statistics for the hypergraph-of-entity, finding that hyperedge-based node degrees are distributed as a power law, while node-based node degrees and hyperedge cardinalities are log-normally distributed. We also find that most statistics tend to converge after an initial period of accentuated growth in the number of documents.


Hypergraph-of-entity Combined data Indexing Representation model Hypergraph analysis Characterization 



José Devezas is supported by research grant PD/BD/128160/2016, provided by the Portuguese national funding agency for science, research and technology, Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT), within the scope of Operational Program Human Capital (POCH), supported by the European Social Fund and by national funds from MCTES.


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  1. 1.INESC TEC and Faculty of EngineeringUniversity of Porto, Rua Dr. Roberto FriasPortoPortugal

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