Our paper “Clique Covering of Large Real-World Networks” has been accepted for publishing at 31st ACM Symposium on Applied Computing, that will be held in Pisa from 4th to 8th April 2016.

Here the abstract is.

The edge clique covering (ECC) problem deals with discovering a set of (possibly overlapping) cliques in a given network, such that each edge is part of at least one of these cliques.

We address the ECCÂ problem from an alternative perspective reconsidering the quality of the cliques found, and proposing more structured criteria with respect to the traditional measures such as minimum number of cliques.

In the case of real-world networks, having millions of nodes, such as social networks, the possibility of getting a result is constrained to the running time, which should be linear or almost linear in the size of the network. Our algorithm for finding ECCs of large networks has linear-time performance in practice, as our experiments show on real-world networks whose number of nodes ranges from thousands to several millions.

Thanks to my coauthors Alessio Conte and Roberto Grossi.