Chromatic Correlation Clustering, Revisited

Part of Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 35 (NeurIPS 2022) Main Conference Track

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Qing Xiu, Kai Han, Jing Tang, Shuang Cui, He Huang


Chromatic Correlation Clustering (CCC) (introduced by Bonchi et al. [6]) is a natural generalization of the celebrated Correlation Clustering (CC) problem, introduced by Bonchi et al. [6]. It models objects with categorical pairwise relationships by an edge-colored graph, and has many applications in data mining, social networks and bioinformatics. We show that there exists a $2.5$-approximation to the CCC problem based on a Linear Programming (LP) approach, thus improving the best-known approximation ratio of 3 achieved by Klodt et al. [21] . We also present an efficient heuristic algorithm for CCC leveraging a greedy clustering strategy, and conduct extensive experiments to demonstrate the effectiveness and efficiency of our proposed algorithm.