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New Aggregators for Global Reputation on Bi-Lattice Based Trust Model

Abstract

Within large and growing human communities where interactions occur, trust is a key factor to consider. Computational trust models have then been widely studied since the 2000s targeting items ratings (e.g. in e-commerce) or M2M (e.g. in IoT network). Among these models, EigenTrust is today one of the most popular and studied ones. It provides a global reputation calculation and is efficient in distributed networks, but not fully satisfactory for human interactions. On the opposite, the Bi-lattice model is well suited for human networks interactions such as solidarity networks and/or human services exchange networks but is limited to local trust results. In this paper, we propose a new aggregator that extends the Bi-lattice model to enable a global reputation calculation. This new aggregator discovers the trust links from the member whose score is to be evaluated to every other members he is connected to on the trust network. It then computes the global reputation of this member based on these trust links. Furthermore, it enables a lightweight approach, as it is able to compute a global reputation based only on a partial knowledge of the trust network. Throughout the paper, the proposed aggregator is presented, evaluated and compared to Eigentrust to show its effectiveness.

Citation

B. Beltzer, E. Conchon and S. Giroux, "New Aggregators for Global Reputation on Bi-Lattice Based Trust Model," in IEEE Access, vol. 12, pp. 15713-15725, 2024, doi: 10.1109/ACCESS.2024.3357079.

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