Multiplex Network Regression: How do relations drive interactions?

Authors: Giona Casiraghi

arXiv e-print (2017)

Projects: Network Theory Data Science

Abstract

We introduce a statistical method to investigate the impact of dyadic relations on complex networks generated from repeated interactions. It is based on generalised hypergeometric ensembles, a class of statistical network ensembles developed recently. We represent different types of known relations between system elements by weighted graphs, separated in the different layers of a multiplex network. With our method we can regress the influence of each relational layer, the independent variables, on the interaction counts, the dependent variables. Moreover, we can test the statistical significance of the relations as explanatory variables for the observed interactions. To demonstrate the power of our approach and its broad applicability, we will present examples based on synthetic and empirical data.