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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 749028, 11 pages
Research Article

Efficient and Scalable Graph Similarity Joins in MapReduce

1College of Information System and Management, National University of Defense Technology, Changsha 410073, China
2Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan

Received 17 March 2014; Accepted 29 May 2014; Published 8 July 2014

Academic Editor: Jian J. Zhang

Copyright © 2014 Yifan Chen et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Along with the emergence of massive graph-modeled data, it is of great importance to investigate graph similarity joins due to their wide applications for multiple purposes, including data cleaning, and near duplicate detection. This paper considers graph similarity joins with edit distance constraints, which return pairs of graphs such that their edit distances are no larger than a given threshold. Leveraging the MapReduce programming model, we propose MGSJoin, a scalable algorithm following the filtering-verification framework for efficient graph similarity joins. It relies on counting overlapping graph signatures for filtering out nonpromising candidates. With the potential issue of too many key-value pairs in the filtering phase, spectral Bloom filters are introduced to reduce the number of key-value pairs. Furthermore, we integrate the multiway join strategy to boost the verification, where a MapReduce-based method is proposed for GED calculation. The superior efficiency and scalability of the proposed algorithms are demonstrated by extensive experimental results.