PageRank: When Order Changes

  • Massimo Melucci
  • Luca Pretto
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4425)


As PageRank is a ranking algorithm, it is of prime interest to study the order induced by its values on webpages. In this paper a thorough mathematical analysis of PageRank-induced order changes when the damping factor varies is provided. Conditions that do not allow variations in the order are studied, and the mechanisms that make the order change are mathematically investigated. Moreover the influence on the order of a truncation in the actual computation of PageRank through a power series is analysed. Experiments carried out on a large Web digraph to integrate the mathematical analysis show that PageRank — while working on a real digraph—tends to hinder variations in the order of large rankings, presenting a high stability in its induced order both in the face of large variations of the damping factor value and in the face of truncations in its computation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Massimo Melucci
    • 1
  • Luca Pretto
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Padova, Department of Information Engineering 

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