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Hide and seek: outwitting community detection algorithms

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dc.contributor.author Mittal, Shravika
dc.contributor.author Chakraborty, Tanmoy (Advisor)
dc.date.accessioned 2021-05-25T08:33:26Z
dc.date.available 2021-05-25T08:33:26Z
dc.date.issued 2020-05-27
dc.identifier.uri http://repository.iiitd.edu.in/xmlui/handle/123456789/918
dc.description.abstract Community affiliation of a node plays an important role in determining its contextual position in the network, which may raise privacy concerns when a sensitive node wants to hide its identity in a network. Oftentimes, a target community seeks to protect itself from adversaries so that its constituent members remain hidden inside the network. The current study focuses on hiding such sensitive communities so that community affiliation of the targeted nodes can be concealed. This leads to the problem of community deception which investigates the avenues of minimally rewiring nodes in a network so that a given target community maximally hides itself from a community detection algorithm. We formalize the problem and introduce NEURAL, a novel method that greedily optimizes a node-centric objective function to determine the rewiring strategy. Theoretical settings pose a restriction on the number of strategies that can be employed to optimize the objective function, which in turn reduces the overhead of choosing the best strategy from multiple options. We also show that our objective function is submodular and monotone. When tested on synthetic and 7 real-world networks, NEURAL is able to deceive 6 widely used community detection algorithms. We benchmark its performance with respect to 4 state-of-the-art methods on 4 evaluation metrics. Our qualitative analysis on 3 other attributed real-world networks reveals that NEURAL, quite strikingly, captures important meta-information about edges that otherwise could not be inferred by observing only their topological structures. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher IIIT-Delhi en_US
dc.subject Community detection, community deception, safeness and permanence en_US
dc.title Hide and seek: outwitting community detection algorithms en_US
dc.type Other en_US

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