Centrality Measures from Complex Networks in Active Learning

  • Robson Motta
  • Alneu de Andrade Lopes
  • Maria Cristina F. de Oliveira
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5808)


In this paper, we present some preliminary results indicating that Complex Network properties may be useful to improve performance of Active Learning algorithms. In fact, centrality measures derived from networks generated from the data allow ranking the instances to find out the best ones to be presented to a human expert for manual classification. We discuss how to rank the instances based on the network vertex properties of closeness and betweenness. Such measures, used in isolation or combined, enable identifying regions in the data space that characterize prototypical or critical examples in terms of the classification task. Results obtained on different data sets indicate that, as compared to random selection of training instances, the approach reduces error rate and variance, as well as the number of instances required to reach representatives of all classes.


Complex networks Active learning Text mining 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robson Motta
    • 1
  • Alneu de Andrade Lopes
    • 1
  • Maria Cristina F. de Oliveira
    • 1
  1. 1.Instituto de Ciências Matemáticas e de Computação (ICMC)University of São PauloSão CarlosBrazil

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