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Section: New Results

Social Networks as Collaboration Support

Participants : Quentin Laporte Chabasse, Gérald Oster, François Charoy.

Safe peer to peer collaborative services requires a trusted peer to peer network in order to be effective. We started to investigate how to leverage social networks underlying inter organizational collaboration to support such collaboration. To reach this goal, we need to analyze collaborative graphs. They are a relevant sources of information to understand behavioural tendencies of groups of individuals. Exponential Random Graph Models (ERGMs) are commonly used to analyze such social processes including dependencies between members of the group. Our approach considers a modified version of ERGMs, modeling the problem as an edge labelling one. The main difficulty is inference since the normalizing constant involved in classical Markov Chain Monte Carlo approaches is not available in an analytic closed form.

The main contribution is to use the recent ABC Shadow algorithm [20]. This algorithm is built to sample from posterior distributions while avoiding the previously mentioned drawback. The proposed method is illustrated on real data sets provided by the HAL ( platform and provides new insights on self-organized collaborations among researchers[11]