A Spectral Method for Joint Community Detection and Orthogonal Group Synchronization

25 Dec 2021  ·  Yifeng Fan, Yuehaw Khoo, Zhizhen Zhao ·

Community detection and orthogonal group synchronization are both fundamental problems with a variety of important applications in science and engineering. In this work, we consider the joint problem of community detection and orthogonal group synchronization which aims to recover the communities and perform synchronization simultaneously. To this end, we propose a simple algorithm that consists of a spectral decomposition step followed by a blockwise column pivoted QR factorization (CPQR). The proposed algorithm is efficient and scales linearly with the number of data points. We also leverage the recently developed `leave-one-out' technique to establish a near-optimal guarantee for exact recovery of the cluster memberships and stable recovery of the orthogonal transforms. Numerical experiments demonstrate the efficiency and efficacy of our algorithm and confirm our theoretical characterization of it.

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