Balint Tillman (University of California, Irvine);Athina Markopoulou (University of California, Irvine);Carter T. Butts (University of California, Irvine);Minas Gjoka (Google)
We study the problem of constructing synthetic graphs that resemble real-world directed graphs in terms of their degree correlations. We define the problem of directed 2K construction (D2K) that takes as input the directed degree sequence (DDS) and a joint degree and attribute matrix (JDAM) so as to capture degree correlation specifically in directed graphs. We provide necessary and sufficient conditions to decide whether a target D2K is realizable, and we design an efficient algorithm that creates realizations with that target D2K. We evaluate our algorithm in creating synthetic graphs that target real-world directed graphs (such as Twitter) and we show that it brings significant benefits compared to state-of-the-art approaches.