Link Prediction Based on Sequential Bayesian Updating in a Terrorist Network

Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 213)


Link prediction techniques are being increasingly employed to detect covert networks, such as terrorist networks. The challenging problem we have been facing is to improve the performance and accuracy of link prediction methods. We develop an algorithm based on Sequential Bayesian Updating method that combines probabilistic reasoning techniques. This algorithm adopts a recursive way to estimate the statistical confidence of the results a prior and then regenerate observed graphs to make inferences. This novel idea can be efficiently adapt to small datasets in link prediction problems of various engineering applications and science researches. Our experiment with a terrorist network shows significant improvement in terms of prediction accuracy measured by mean average precision. This algorithm has also been integrated into an emergency decision support system (NBCDSS) to provide decision-makers’ auxiliary information.


Link prediction Probabilistic reasoning Bayesian inference Decision-making Terrorist network 



This work is supported by National Basic Research Program of China (973 program) with Grant No. 2011CB706900, National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 70971128), Beijing Natural Science Foundation (Grant No. 9102022), and the President Fund of UCAS (Grant No. O95101HY00).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of EngineeringUniversity of Chinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina
  2. 2.The School of ScienceCommunication University of ChinaBeijingChina

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