Comparative Analysis on the Selection of Number of Clusters in Community Detection

Tatsuro Kawamoto, Yoshiyuki Kabashima

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We conduct a comparative analysis on various estimates of the number of clusters in community detection. An exhaustive comparison requires testing of all possible combinations of frameworks, algorithms, and assessment criteria. In this paper we focus on the framework based on a stochastic block model, and investigate the performance of greedy algorithms, statistical inference, and spectral methods. For the assessment criteria, we consider modularity, map equation, Bethe free energy, prediction errors, and isolated eigenvalues. From the analysis, the tendency of overfit and underfit that the assessment criteria and algorithms have becomes apparent. In addition, we propose that the alluvial diagram is a suitable tool to visualize statistical inference results and can be useful to determine the number of clusters.

Original languageEnglish
Article number022315
Number of pages1
JournalPhysical Review E
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2018
Externally publishedYes


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