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Information-theoretic approach to network modularity

Ziv, Etay; Middendorf, Manuel; Wiggins, Chris H.

Exploiting recent developments in information theory, we propose, illustrate, and validate a principled information-theoretic algorithm for module discovery and the resulting measure of network modularity. This measure is an order parameter (a dimensionless number between 0 and 1). Comparison is made with other approaches to module discovery and to quantifying network modularity (using Monte Carlo generated Erdös-like modular networks). Finally, the network information bottleneck (NIB) algorithm is applied to a number of real world networks, including the “social” network of coauthors at the 2004 APS March Meeting.



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Physical Review E

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Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics
American Physical Society
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September 19, 2014