Detecting Dynamic States of Temporal Networks Using Connection Series Tensors

Shun Cao*, Hiroki Sayama

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

4 Citations (Scopus)


Many temporal networks exhibit multiple system states, such as weekday and weekend patterns in social contact networks. The detection of such distinct states in temporal network data has recently been studied as it helps reveal underlying dynamical processes. A commonly used method is network aggregation over a time window, which aggregates a subsequence of multiple network snapshots into one static network. This method, however, necessarily discards temporal dynamics within the time window. Here we propose a new method for detecting dynamic states in temporal networks using connection series (i.e., time series of connection status) between nodes. Our method consists of the construction of connection series tensors over nonoverlapping time windows, similarity measurement between these tensors, and community detection in the similarity network of those time windows. Experiments with empirical temporal network data demonstrated that our method outperformed the conventional approach using simple network aggregation in revealing interpretable system states. In addition, our method allows users to analyze hierarchical temporal structures and to uncover dynamic states at different spatial/temporal resolutions.

Original languageEnglish
Article number9649310
Publication statusPublished - 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • General


Dive into the research topics of 'Detecting Dynamic States of Temporal Networks Using Connection Series Tensors'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this