Link discovery in very large graphs by constructive induction using genetic programming

by Weninger, Timothy Edwards

Abstract (Summary)
This thesis discusses the background and methodologies necessary for constructing features in order to discover hidden links in relational data. Specifically, we consider the problems of predicting, classifying and annotating friends relations in friends networks, based upon features constructed from network structure and user profile data. I first document a data model for the blog service LiveJournal, and define a set of machine learning problems such as predicting existing links and estimating inter-pair distance. Next, I explain how the problem of classifying a user pair in a social networks, as directly connected or not, poses the problem of selecting and constructing relevant features. In order to construct these features, a genetic programming approach is used to construct multiple symbol trees with base features as their leaves; in this manner, the genetic program selects and constructs features that many not have been considered, but possess better predictive properties than the base features. In order to extract certain graph features from the relatively large social network, a new shortest path search algorithm is presented which computes and operates on a Euclidean embedding of the network. Finally, I present classification results and discuss the properties of the frequently constructed features in order to gain insight on hidden relations that exists in this domain.
Bibliographical Information:


School:Kansas State University

School Location:USA - Kansas

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:link mining graph theory machine learning evolutionary computation artificial intelligence 0800 computer science 0984


Date of Publication:01/01/2008

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