Classification-based prediction of network connectivity robustness

Yang Lou*, Ruizi Wu, Junli Li, Lin Wang, Chang Bing Tang, Guanrong Chen


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Today, there is an increasing concern about malicious attacks on various networks in society and industry, against which the network robustness is critical. Network connectivity robustness, in particular, is of fundamental importance, which is generally measured by a sequence of calculated values that indicate the connectedness of the remaining network after a sequence of attacks by means of node- or edge-removal. It is computationally time-consuming, however, to measure and evaluate the network connectivity robustness using the conventional attack simulations, especially for large-scale networked systems. In the present paper, an efficient robustness predictor based on multiple convolutional neural networks (mCNN-RP) is proposed for predicting the network connectivity robustness, which is an natural extension of the single CNN-based predictor. In mCNN-RP, one CNN works as the classifier, while each of the rest CNNs works as an estimator for predicting the connectivity robustness of every classified network category. The network categories are classified according to the available prior knowledge. A data-based filter is installed for predictive data refinement. Extensive experimental studies on both synthetic and real-world networks, including directed and undirected as well as weighted and unweighted topologies, verify the effectiveness of mCNN-RP. The results demonstrate that the average prediction error is lower than the standard deviation of the tested data, which outperforms the single CNN-based framework. The runtime in assessing network connectivity robustness is significantly reduced by using the CNN-based technique. The proposed mCNN-RP not only can accurately predict the connectivity robustness of various complex networks, but also provides an excellent indicator for the connectivity robustness, better than other existing prediction measures.

頁(從 - 到)136-146
期刊Neural Networks
出版狀態Published - 1月 2023


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