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A distributed and privacy preserving algorithm for identifying information hubs in social networks

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A distributed and privacy preserving algorithm for identifying information hubs in social networks
—This paper addresses the problem of identifying the top-k information hubs in a social network. Identifying topk information hubs is crucial for many applications such as advertising in social networks where advertisers are interested in identifying hubs to whom free samples can be given. Existing solutions are centralized and require time stamped information about pair-wise user interactions and can only be used by social network owners as only they have access to such data. Existing distributed and privacy preserving algorithms suffer from poor accuracy. In this paper, we propose a new algorithm to identify information hubs that preserves user privacy. The intuition is that highly connected users tend to have more interactions with their neighbors than less connected users. Our method can identify hubs without requiring a central entity to access the complete friendship graph. We achieve this by fully distributing the computation using the Kempe-McSherry algorithm to address user ...
Muhammad Usman Ilyas, Muhammad Zubair Shafiq, Alex
Added 21 Aug 2011
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Type Journal
Year 2011
Where INFOCOM
Authors Muhammad Usman Ilyas, Muhammad Zubair Shafiq, Alex X. Liu, Hayder Radha
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