Stochastic Block Transition Models for Dynamic Networks


Kevin Xu ;
Proceedings of the Eighteenth International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Statistics, PMLR 38:1079-1087, 2015.


There has been great interest in recent years on statistical models for dynamic networks. In this paper, I propose a stochastic block transition model (SBTM) for dynamic networks that is inspired by the well-known stochastic block model (SBM) for static networks and previous dynamic extensions of the SBM. Unlike most existing dynamic network models, it does not make a hidden Markov assumption on the edge-level dynamics, allowing the presence or absence of edges to directly influence future edge probabilities while retaining the interpretability of the SBM. I derive an approximate inference procedure for the SBTM and demonstrate that it is significantly better at reproducing durations of edges in real social network data.

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