Volume 104, Number 1, October 2013
|Number of page(s)||6|
|Section||Interdisciplinary Physics and Related Areas of Science and Technology|
|Published online||15 November 2013|
Identify the diversity of mesoscopic structures in networks: A mixed random walk approach
1 School of Mathematical Sciences, Peking University - 100871, Beijing, China
2 Key Laboratory of Mathematics, Informatics and Behavioral Semantics of Ministry of Education, Beihang University, - 100191, Beijing, China
3 School of Mathematics and Systems Science, Beihang University - 100191, Beijing, China
Received: 16 June 2013
Accepted: 10 October 2013
Community or cluster structure, which can provide insight into the natural partitions and inner connections of a network, is a key feature in studying the mesoscopic structure of complex systems. Although numerous methods for community detection have been proposed ever since, there is still a lack of understanding on how to quantify the diversity of pre-divided community structures, or rank the roles of communities in participating in specific dynamic processes. Inspired by the Law of Mass Action in chemical kinetics, we introduce here the community random walk energy (CRWE), which reflects a potential based on the diffusion phase of a mixed random walk process taking place on the network, to identify the configuration of community structures. The difference of CRWE allows us to distinguish the intrinsic topological diversity between individual communities, on condition that all the communities are pre-arranged in the network. We illustrate our method by performing numerical simulations on constructive community networks and a real social network with distinct community structures. As an application, we apply our method to characterize the diversity of human genome communities, which provides a possible use of our method in inferring the genetic similarity between human populations.
PACS: 89.75.-k – Complex systems / 05.40.-a – Fluctuation phenomena, random processes, noise, and Brownian motion
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