A penalized inference approach to stochastic block modelling of community structure in the Italian Parliament

Ernst C. Wit

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Abstract

We analyse bill cosponsorship networks in the Italian Chamber of Deputies. In comparison with other parliaments, a distinguishing feature of the Chamber is the large number of political groups. Our analysis aims to infer the pattern of collaborations between these groups from data on bill cosponsorships. We propose an extension of stochastic block models for edge-valued graphs and derive measures of group productivity and of collaboration between political parties. As the model proposed encloses a large number of parameters, we pursue a penalized likelihood approach that enables us to infer a sparse reduced graph displaying collaborations between political parties.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)355-369
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of the Royal Statistical Society. Series C: Applied Statistics
Volume67
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb-2018

Keywords

  • Adaptive lasso
  • Bill cosponsorship
  • Community structure
  • Network
  • Penalized likelihood
  • Stochastic block model
  • EXPONENTIAL-FAMILY
  • ORACLE PROPERTIES
  • DIRECTED-GRAPHS
  • BLOCKMODELS
  • SELECTION
  • LIKELIHOOD
  • NETWORKS
  • LASSO

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