Palla, K and Knowles, D and Ghahramani, Z (2012) *An Infinite Latent Attribute Model for Network Data.* International Conference on Machine Learning.

## Abstract

Latent variable models for network data extract a summary of the relational structure underlying an observed network. The simplest possible models subdivide nodes of the network into clusters; the probability of a link between any two nodes then depends only on their cluster assignment. Currently available models can be classified by whether clusters are disjoint or are allowed to overlap. These models can explain a "flat" clustering structure. Hierarchical Bayesian models provide a natural approach to capture more complex dependencies. We propose a model in which objects are characterised by a latent feature vector. Each feature is itself partitioned into disjoint groups (subclusters), corresponding to a second layer of hierarchy. In experimental comparisons, the model achieves significantly improved predictive performance on social and biological link prediction tasks. The results indicate that models with a single layer hierarchy over-simplify real networks.

Item Type: | Article |
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Subjects: | UNSPECIFIED |

Divisions: | Div F > Computational and Biological Learning |

Depositing User: | Unnamed user with email sms67@cam.ac.uk |

Date Deposited: | 02 Sep 2016 17:09 |

Last Modified: | 26 Sep 2016 01:13 |

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