A new paper titled "A Regularized Stochastic Block Model for the robust community detection in complex networks," by X. Lu and B.K. Szymanski was published in Scientific Reports, vol.9:13247 today.

A new paper titled "A Regularized Stochastic Block Model for the robust community detection in complex networks," by Xiaoyan Lu and Boleslaw K. Szymanski was published in Scientific Reports, 9:13247 Sept. 13, 2019. Authors observe that the stochastic block model is able to generate random graphs with different types of network partitions, ranging from the traditional assortative structures to the disassortative structures. Since the stochastic block model does not specify which mixing pattern is desired, the inference algorithms discover the locally most likely nodes’ partition, regardless of its type. Here we introduce a new model constraining nodes’ internal degree ratios in the objective function to guide the inference algorithms to converge to the desired type of structure in the observed network data. We show experimentally that given the regularized model, the inference algorithms, such as Markov chain Monte Carlo, reliably and quickly find the assortative or disassortative structure as directed by the value of a single parameter. In contrast, when the sought-after assortative community structure is not strong in the observed network, the traditional inference algorithms using the degree-corrected stochastic block model tend to converge to undesired disassortative partitions. The paper is accessible via the link below.