Global and Local Feature Learning for Ego-Network Analysis

16 Feb 2020  ·  Fatemeh Salehi Rizi, Michael Granitzer, Konstantin Ziegler ·

In an ego-network, an individual (ego) organizes its friends (alters) in different groups (social circles). This social network can be efficiently analyzed after learning representations of the ego and its alters in a low-dimensional, real vector space. These representations are then easily exploited via statistical models for tasks such as social circle detection and prediction. Recent advances in language modeling via deep learning have inspired new methods for learning network representations. These methods can capture the global structure of networks. In this paper, we evolve these techniques to also encode the local structure of neighborhoods. Therefore, our local representations capture network features that are hidden in the global representation of large networks. We show that the task of social circle prediction benefits from a combination of global and local features generated by our technique.

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