Community detection is a challenging task in attributed networks, due to the data inconsistency between network topological structure and node attributes. The problem of how to effectively and robustly fuse multi-source heterogeneous data plays an important role in community detection algorithms. Although some algorithms taking both topological structure and node attributes into account have been proposed in recent years, the fusion strategy is simple and usually adopts the linear combination method. As a consequence of this, the detected community structure is vulnerable to small variations of the input data. In order to overcome this challenge, we develop a novel two-layer representation to capture the latent knowledge from both topological structure and node attributes in attributed networks. Then, we propose a weighted co-association matrix-based fusion algorithm (WCMFA) to detect the inherent community structure in attributed networks by using multi-layer fusion strategies. It extends the community detection method from a single-view to a multi-view style, which is consistent with the thinking model of human beings. Experiments show that our method is superior to the state-of-the-art community detection algorithms for attributed networks.
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