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Uncovering the Temporal Dynamics of Diffusion Networks

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Uncovering the Temporal Dynamics of Diffusion Networks
Time plays an essential role in the diffusion of information, influence and disease over networks. In many cases we only observe when a node copies information, makes a decision or becomes infected – but the connectivity, transmission rates between nodes and transmission sources are unknown. Inferring the underlying dynamics is of outstanding interest since it enables forecasting, influencing and retarding infections, broadly construed. To this end, we model diffusion processes as discrete networks of continuous temporal processes occurring at different rates. Given cascade data – observed infection times of nodes – we infer the edges of the global diffusion network and estimate the transmission rates of each edge that best explain the observed data. The optimization problem is convex. The model naturally (without heuristics) imposes sparse solutions and requires no parameter tuning. The problem decouples into a collection of independent smaller problems, thus scaling easily t...
Manuel Gomez-Rodriguez, David Balduzzi, Bernhard S
Added 26 Aug 2011
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Type Journal
Year 2011
Where CORR
Authors Manuel Gomez-Rodriguez, David Balduzzi, Bernhard Schölkopf
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