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Optimally Learning Social Networks with Activations and Suppressions
 

Summary: Optimally Learning Social Networks with
Activations and Suppressions
Dana Angluin and James Aspnes Lev Reyzin
Department of Computer Science, Yale University
{angluin,aspnes}@cs.yale.edu, lev.reyzin@yale.edu
Abstract. In this paper we consider the problem of learning hidden
independent cascade social networks using exact value injection queries.
These queries involve activating and suppressing agents in the target net-
work. We develop an algorithm that optimally learns an arbitrary social
network of size n using O(n2
) queries, matching the information theo-
retic lower bound we prove for this problem. We also consider the case
when the target social network forms a tree and show that the learn-
ing problem takes (n log(n)) queries. We also give an approximation
algorithm for finding an influential set of nodes in the network, without
resorting to learning its structure. Finally, we discuss some limitations
of our approach, and limitations of path-based methods, when non-exact
value injection queries are used.
1 Introduction
Social networks are used to model interactions within populations of indi-

  

Source: Aspnes, James - Department of Computer Science, Yale University

 

Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences