AAAI Publications, Third Annual Symposium on Combinatorial Search

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Searching for a k-Clique in Unknown Graphs
Roni Tzvi Stern, Meir Kalech, Ariel Felner

Last modified: 2010-08-25


Agents that solve problems in unknown graphs are usually required to iteratively explore parts of the graph. In this paper we research the problem of finding a k-clique in an unknown graph while minimizing the number of required exploration actions. Two novel heuristics Known Degree and Clique* are proposed to reduce the required exploration cost by carefully choosing which part of the environment to explore. We further investigate the problem by adding probabilistic knowledge of the graph and propose an Markov Decision Process(MDP) and a Monte Carlo based heuristic (RClique*) that uses knowledge of edge probabilities to reduce the required exploration cost. We demonstrate the efficiency of the proposed approaches on simulated random and scale free graphs as well as on real online web crawls.


Heuristic search; Clique, Unknown graphs; Online algorithms

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