### Abstract

We consider the problem of reconstructing sparse symmetric block models with two blocks and connection probabilities a/n and b/n for inter- and intra-block edge probabilities respectively. It was recently shown that one can do better than a random guess if and only if (a - b)^{2} > 2(a + b). Using a variant of Belief Propagation, we give a reconstruction algorithm that is optimal in the sense that if (a - b)^{2} > C(a + b) for some constant C then our algorithm maximizes the fraction of the nodes labelled correctly. Along the way we prove some results of independent interest regarding robust reconstruction for the Ising model on regular and Poisson trees.

Original language | English (US) |
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Pages (from-to) | 356-370 |

Number of pages | 15 |

Journal | Journal of Machine Learning Research |

Volume | 35 |

State | Published - Jan 1 2014 |

Externally published | Yes |

Event | 27th Conference on Learning Theory, COLT 2014 - Barcelona, Spain Duration: Jun 13 2014 → Jun 15 2014 |

### All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

- Software
- Control and Systems Engineering
- Statistics and Probability
- Artificial Intelligence

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## Cite this

*Journal of Machine Learning Research*,

*35*, 356-370.