MISAGA: An Algorithm for Mining Interesting Subgraphs in Attributed Graphs

Tiantian He, Chun Chung Chan

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An attributed graph contains vertices that are associated with a set of attribute values. Mining clusters or communities, which are interesting subgraphs in the attributed graph is one of the most important tasks of graph analytics. Many problems can be defined as the mining of interesting subgraphs in attributed graphs. Algorithms that discover subgraphs based on predefined topologies cannot be used to tackle these problems. To discover interesting subgraphs in the attributed graph, we propose an algorithm called mining interesting subgraphs in attributed graph algorithm (MISAGA). MISAGA performs its tasks by first using a probabilistic measure to determine whether the strength of association between a pair of attribute values is strong enough to be interesting. Given the interesting pairs of attribute values, then the degree of association is computed for each pair of vertices using an information theoretic measure. Based on the edge structure and degree of association between each pair of vertices, MISAGA identifies interesting subgraphs by formulating it as a constrained optimization problem and solves it by identifying the optimal affiliation of subgraphs for the vertices in the attributed graph. MISAGA has been tested with several large-sized real graphs and is found to be potentially very useful for various applications.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1369-1382
Number of pages14
JournalIEEE Transactions on Cybernetics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2018


  • Attributed graph
  • clustering algorithms
  • community detection
  • graph clustering
  • information theoretic measure
  • interesting subgraphs
  • optimization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Information Systems
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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