1;3409;0c Cluster Ranking with an Application to Mining Mailbox Networks

Cluster Ranking with an Application to Mining Mailbox Networks

Proceedings of the 6th IEEE International Conference on Data Mining (ICDM 2006), 2006
Pages: 63-74DOI: 10.1109/ICDM.2006.35



We initiate the study of a new clustering framework, called cluster ranking. Rather than simply partitioning a network into clusters, a cluster ranking algorithm also orders the clusters by their strength. To this end, we introduce a novel strength measure for clusters--the integrated cohesion--which is applicable to arbitrary weighted networks. We then present C-Rank: a new cluster ranking algorithm. Given a network with arbitrary pairwise similarity weights, C-Rank creates a list of overlapping clusters and ranks them by their integrated cohesion. We provide extensive theoretical and empirical analysis of C-Rank and show that it is likely to have high precision and recall. Our experiments focus on mining mailbox networks. A mailbox network is an egocentric social network, consisting of contacts with whom an individual exchanges email. Ties among contacts are represented by the frequency of their co-occurrence on message headers. C-Rank is well suited to mine such networks, since they are abundant with overlapping communities of highly variable strengths. We demonstrate the effectiveness of C-Rank on the Enron data set, consisting of 130 mailbox networks.