Achieving Optimal Misclassification Proportion in Stochastic Block Models

Chao Gao, Zongming Ma, Anderson Y. Zhang, Harrison H. Zhou.

Year: 2017, Volume: 18, Issue: 60, Pages: 1−45


Community detection is a fundamental statistical problem in network data analysis. In this paper, we present a polynomial time two-stage method that provably achieves optimal statistical performance in misclassification proportion for stochastic block model under weak regularity conditions. Our two-stage procedure consists of a refinement stage motivated by penalized local maximum likelihood estimation. This stage can take a wide range of weakly consistent community detection procedures as its initializer, to which it applies and outputs a community assignment that achieves optimal misclassification proportion with high probability. The theoretical property is confirmed by simulated examples.