Formal Concept Analysis of Social Networks
Multimodal clustering is an unsupervised technique for mining interesting patterns in n-ary relations or n-mode networks. Among different types of such generalised patterns one can find biclusters and formal concepts (maximal bicliques) for two-mode case, triclusters and triconcepts for three-mode case, closed n-sets for n-mode case, etc. Object-attribute biclustering (OA-biclustering) for mining large binary datatables (formal contexts or two-mode networks) arose by the end of the last decade due to intractability of computation problems related to formal concepts; this type of patterns was proposed as a meaningful and scalable approximation of formal concepts. In this paper, our aim is to present recent advance in OA-biclustering and its extensions to mining multi-mode communities in SNA setting. We also discuss connection between clustering coefficients known in SNA community for one-mode and two-mode networks and OA-bicluster density, the main quality measure of an OA-bicluster. Our experiments with two-, three-, and four-mode large real-world networks show that this type of patterns is suitable for community detection in multi-mode cases within reasonable time even though the number of corresponding n-cliques is still unknown due to computation difficulties. An interpretation of OA-biclusters for one-mode networks is provided as well.