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Efficient Enumeration of the Optimal Solutions to the Correlation Clustering problem

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Nejat Arinik
Vincent Labatut
Rosa Figueiredo

Abstract

According to the structural balance theory, a signed graph is considered structurally balanced when it can be partitioned into a number of modules such that positive and negative edges are respectively located inside and between the modules. In practice, real-world networks are rarely structurally balanced, though. In this case, one may want to measure the magnitude of their imbalance, and to identify the set of edges causing this imbalance. The correlation clustering (CC) problem precisely consists in looking for the signed graph partition having the least imbalance. Recently, it has been shown that the space of the optimal solutions of the CC problem can be constituted of numerous and diverse optimal solutions. Yet, this space is difficult to explore, as the CC problem is NP-hard, and exact approaches do not scale well even when looking for a single optimal solution. To alleviate this issue, in this work we propose an efficient enumeration method allowing to retrieve the complete space of optimal solutions of the CC problem. It combines an exhaustive enumeration strategy with neighborhoods of varying sizes, to achieve computational effectiveness. Results obtained for middle-sized networks confirm the usefulness of our method.
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hal-03935831 , version 1 (12-01-2023)

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Nejat Arinik, Vincent Labatut, Rosa Figueiredo. Efficient Enumeration of the Optimal Solutions to the Correlation Clustering problem. Journal of Global Optimization, In press. ⟨hal-03935831⟩

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