Greedily Improving Our Own Centrality in A Network

  • Pierluigi Crescenzi
  • Gianlorenzo D’AngeloEmail author
  • Lorenzo Severini
  • Yllka Velaj
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9125)


The closeness and the betweenness centralities are two well-known measures of importance of a vertex within a given complex network. Having high closeness or betweenness centrality can have positive impact on the vertex itself: hence, in this paper we consider the problem of determining how much a vertex can increase its centrality by creating a limited amount of new edges incident to it. We first prove that this problem does not admit a polynomial-time approximation scheme (unless \(P=NP\)), and we then propose a simple greedy approximation algorithm (with an almost tight approximation ratio), whose performance is then tested on synthetic graphs and real-world networks.


Short Path Greedy Algorithm Random Graph Approximation Ratio Centrality Measure 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pierluigi Crescenzi
    • 1
  • Gianlorenzo D’Angelo
    • 2
    Email author
  • Lorenzo Severini
    • 2
  • Yllka Velaj
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Information EngineeringUniversity of FlorenceFlorenceItaly
  2. 2.Gran Sasso Science Institute (GSSI)L’AquilaItaly

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