Academy & Industry Research Collaboration Center (AIRCC)

Volume 12, Number 01, January 2022

Scalable Link Prediction in Twitter using Self-Configured Framework


Nur Nasuha Daud, Siti Hafizah Ab Hamid, Chempaka Seri, Muntadher Saadoon and Nor Badrul Anuar, University of Malaya, Malaysia


Link prediction analysis becomes vital to acquire a deeper understanding of events underlying social networks interactions and connections especially in current evolving and large-scale social networks. Traditional link prediction approaches underperformed for most large-scale social networks in terms of its scalability and efficiency. Spark is a distributed open-source framework that facilitate scalable link prediction efficiency in large-scale social networks. The framework provides numerous tunable properties for users to manually configure the parameters for the applications. However, manual configurations open to performance issue when the applications start scaling tremendously, which is hard to set up and expose to human errors. This paper introduced a novel Self-Configured Framework (SCF) to provide an autonomous feature in Spark that predicts and sets the best configuration instantly before the application execution using XGBoost classifier. SCF is evaluated on the Twitter social network using three link prediction applications: Graph Clustering (GC), Overlapping Community Detection (OCD), and Redundant Graph Clustering (RGD) to assess the impact of shifting data sizes on different applications in Twitter. The result demonstrates a 40% reduction in prediction time as well as a balanced resource consumption that makes full use of resources, especially for limited number and size of clusters.


Self-configured Framework, Link Prediction, Social Network, Large-scale.