Chromatic Correlation Clustering, Revisited

Qing Xiu · Kai Han · Jing Tang · Shuang Cui · He Huang

Keywords: [ approximation algorithm ] [ chromatic correlation clustering ]

Abstract: Chromatic Correlation Clustering (CCC) (introduced by Bonchi et al. [6]) is a natural generalization of the celebrated Correlation Clustering (CC) problem, introduced by Bonchi et al. [6]. It models objects with categorical pairwise relationships by an edge-colored graph, and has many applications in data mining, social networks and bioinformatics. We show that there exists a $2.5$-approximation to the CCC problem based on a Linear Programming (LP) approach, thus improving the best-known approximation ratio of 3 achieved by Klodt et al. [21] . We also present an efficient heuristic algorithm for CCC leveraging a greedy clustering strategy, and conduct extensive experiments to demonstrate the effectiveness and efficiency of our proposed algorithm.

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