Ego-betweenness Centrality


Definition

It takes into account the temporal information, it does not demand the knowledge of the global structure of the network, it is computationally light and parameter-free.

$$C(e,\tau)={\underset{i,j\in N_e \times N_e}{\sum}} {p_{ij}(e,\tau)\over p_{ij}(\tau)} ,$$

where $p_{ij}(\tau)$ is the number of most recent paths of length at most 2 from $i$ to $j$ at time $\tau$ and $p_{ij}(e,\tau)$ is the number of such paths going through $e$.

It only takes into account the direct neighbors of a node to compute its centrality. This restriction allows to carry out the computation in a shorter time compared to a case where any couple of nodes in the network should be considered.


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