Finding Frequent Subgraphs in Longitudinal Social Network Data Using a Weighted Graph Mining Approach

  • Chuntao Jiang
  • Frans Coenen
  • Michele Zito
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6440)


The mining of social networks entails a high degree of computational complexity. This complexity is exacerbate when considering longitudinal social network data. To address this complexity issue three weighting schemes are proposed in this paper. The fundamental idea is to reduce the complexity by considering only the most significant nodes and links. The proposed weighting schemes have been incorporated into the weighted variations and extensions of the well established gSpan frequent subgraph mining algorithm. The focus of the work is the cattle movement network found in Great Britain. A complete evaluation of the proposed approaches is presented using this network. In addition, the utility of the discovered patterns is illustrated by constructing a sequential data set to which a sequential mining algorithm can be applied to capturing the changes in “behavior” represented by a network.


Frequent subgraph mining Weighted graph mining Social network mining Longitudinal data 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chuntao Jiang
    • 1
  • Frans Coenen
    • 1
  • Michele Zito
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of LiverpoolLiverpoolUK

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