Community Detection in Multiplex Networks

Matteo Magnani, Obaida Hanteer, Roberto Interdonato, Luca Rossi, Andrea Tagarelli

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A multiplex network models different modes of interaction among same-type entities. In this article, we provide a taxonomy of community detection algorithms in multiplex networks. We characterize the different algorithms based on various properties and we discuss the type of communities detected by each method. We then provide an extensive experimental evaluation of the reviewed methods to answer three main questions: to what extent the evaluated methods are able to detect ground-truth communities, to what extent different methods produce similar community structures, and to what extent the evaluated methods are scalable. One goal of this survey is to help scholars and practitioners to choose the right methods for the data and the task at hand, while also emphasizing when such choice is problematic.
Original languageEnglish
Article number48
JournalACM Computing Surveys
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May 2021


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