Tsinghua Science and Technology


big data analytics, game theory, clustering, community detection, label propagation


Graph clustering, i.e., partitioning nodes or data points into non-overlapping clusters, can be beneficial in a large varieties of computer vision and machine learning applications. However, main graph clustering schemes, such as spectral clustering, cannot be applied to a large network due to prohibitive computational complexity required. While there exist methods applicable to large networks, these methods do not offer convincing comparisons against known ground truth. For the first time, this work conducts clustering algorithm performance evaluations on large networks (consisting of one million nodes) with ground truth information. Ideas and concepts from game theory are applied towards graph clustering to formulate a new proposed algorithm, Game Theoretical Approach for Clustering (GTAC). This theoretical framework is shown to be a generalization of both the Label Propagation and Louvain methods, offering an additional means of derivation and analysis. GTAC introduces a tuning parameter which allows variable algorithm performance in accordance with application needs. Experimentation shows that these GTAC algorithms offer scalability and tunability towards big data applications.


Tsinghua University Press