Lovasz theta function, SVMs and Finding Dense Subgraphs
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2013

In this paper we establish that the Lovasz theta function on a graph can be restated as a kernel learning problem. We introduce the notion of SVM-theta graphs, on which Lovasz theta function can be approximated well by a Support vector machine (SVM). We show that Erdos-Renyi random G(n, p) graphs are SVM-theta graphs for log(4)n/n <= p < 1. Even if we embed a large clique of size Theta(root np/1-p) in a G(n, p) graph the resultant graph still remains a SVM-theta graph. This immediately suggests an SVM based algorithm for recovering a large planted clique in random graphs. Associated with the theta function is the notion of orthogonal labellings. We introduce common orthogonal labellings which extends the idea of orthogonal labellings to multiple graphs. This allows us to propose a Multiple Kernel learning (MKL) based solution which is capable of identifying a large common dense subgraph in multiple graphs. Both in the planted clique case and common subgraph detection problem the proposed solutions beat the state of the art by an order of magnitude.

random graphs

common dense subgraph

orthogonal labellings of graphs

planted cliques


Vinay Jethava

Chalmers, Data- och informationsteknik, Datavetenskap

Anders Martinsson

Göteborgs universitet

Chalmers, Matematiska vetenskaper, Matematisk statistik

C. Bhattacharyya

Indian Institute of Science

Devdatt Dubhashi

Chalmers, Data- och informationsteknik, Datavetenskap

Journal of Machine Learning Research

1532-4435 (ISSN) 1533-7928 (eISSN)

Vol. 14 3495-3536


Data- och informationsvetenskap

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