Latent Set Models for Two-Mode Network Data
Two-mode networks are a natural representation for many kinds of relational data. These networks are bipartite graphs consisting of two distinct sets ("modes") of entities. For example, one can model multiple recipient email data as a two-mode network of (a) individuals and (b) the emails that they send or receive. In this work we present a statistical model for two-mode network data which posits that individuals belong to latent sets and that the members of a particular set tend to co-appear. We show how to infer these latent sets from observed data using a Markov chain Monte Carlo inference algorithm. We apply the model to the Enron email corpus, using it to discover interpretable latent structure as well as evaluating its predictive accuracy on a missing data task. Extensions to the model are discussed that incorporate additional side information such as the email's sender or text content, further improving the accuracy of the model.