Nonlinear Structural Fusion for Multiplex Network

Complexity 2020:1-17 (2020)


Many real-world complex systems have multiple types of relations between their components, and they are popularly modeled as multiplex networks with each type of relation as one layer. Since the fusion analysis of multiplex networks can provide a comprehensive insight, the structural information fusion of multiplex networks has become a crucial issue. However, most of these existing data fusion methods are inappropriate for researchers to apply to complex network analysis directly. The feature-based fusion methods ignore the sharing and complementarity of interlayer structural information. To tackle this problem, we propose a multiplex network structural fusion model, which can construct a network with comprehensive information. It is composed of two modules: the network feature extraction module and the network structural fusion module. In NFE, MNSF first extracts a low-dimensional vector representation of a node from each layer. Then, we construct a node similarity network based on embedding matrices and K-D tree algorithm. In NSF, we present a nonlinear enhanced iterative fusion strategy. EIF can strengthen high-weight edges presented in one or more networks and weaken low-weight edges. The retention of low-weight edges shared by all layers depends on the tightness of connections of their K-order proximity. The usage of higher-order proximity in EIF alleviates the dependence on the quality of node embedding. Besides, the fused network can be easily exploited by traditional single-layer network analysis methods. Experiments on real-world networks demonstrate that MNSF outperforms the state-of-the-art methods in tasks link prediction and shared community detection.

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