Towards Compressing Web Graphs

We consider the problem of compressing graphs of the link structure of the World Wide Web. We provide efficient algorithms for such compression that are motivated by recently proposed random graph models for describing the Web. The algorithms are based on reducing the compression problem to the problem of finding a minimum spanning tree in a directed graph related to the original link graph. The performance of the algorithms on graphs generated by the random graph models suggests that by taking advantage of the link structure of the Web, one may achieve significantly better compression than natural Huffman-based schemes. We also provide hardness results demonstrating limitations on natural extensions of our approach.

To appear in the 2001 Data Compression Conference.