The 9th International Conference on Complex Networks and their Applications
In this article, our ultimate goal is to transform a graph’s adjacency matrix into a distance matrix. Because cluster density is not observable prior to the actual clustering, our goal is to find a distance whose pairwise minimisation will lead to densely connected clusters. Our thesis is centred on the widely accepted notion that strong clusters are sets of vertices with high induced subgraph density. We posit that vertices sharing more connections are closer to each other than vertices sharing fewer connections. This definition of distance differs from the usual shortest-path distance. At the cluster level, our thesis translates into low mean intra-cluster distances, which reflect high densities. We compare three distance measures from the literature. Our benchmark is the accuracy of each measure’s reflection of intra-cluster density, when aggregated (averaged) at the cluster level. We conduct our tests on synthetic graphs, where clusters and intra-cluster density are known in advance. In this article, we restrict our attention to unweighted graphs with no self-loops or multiple edges. We examine the relationship between mean intra-cluster distances and intra-cluster densities. Our numerical experiments show that Jaccard and Otsuka-Ochiai offer very accurate measures of density, when averaged over vertex pairs within clusters.