Forman-Ricci Flow for Change Detection in Large Dynamic Data Sets


We present a viable geometric solution for the detection of dynamic effects in complex networks. Building on Forman’s discretization of the classical notion of Ricci curvature, we introduce a novel geometric method to characterize different types of real-world networks with an emphasis on peer-to-peer networks. We study the classical Ricci-flow in a network-theoretic setting and introduce an analytic tool for characterizing dynamic effects. The formalism suggests a computational method for change detection and the identification of fast evolving network regions and yields insights into topological properties and the structure of the underlying data.

In Axioms, Special Issue on Discrete Geometry and Its Applications.