Core-biased random walks in complex networks
Journal of Complex Networks
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A simple strategy to explore a network is to use a random-walk where the walker jumps from one node to an adjacent node at random. It is known that biasing the random jump, the walker can explore every walk of the same length with equal probability, this is known as a Maximal Entropy Random Walk (MERW). To construct a MERW requires the knowledge of the largest eigenvalue and corresponding eigenvector of the adjacency matrix, this requires global knowledge of the network. When this global information is not available, it is possible to construct a biased random walk which approximates the MERW using only the degree of the nodes, a local property. Here we show that it is also possible to construct a good approximation to a MERW by biasing the random walk via the properties of the network's core, which is a mesoscale property of the network. We present some examples showing that the core-biased random walk outperforms the degree-biased random walks.