Social networks have continuously been expanding and trying to be innovative. The recent advances of computing, caching, and communication (3C) can have significant impacts on mobile social networks (MSNs). MSNs can leverage these new paradigms to provide a new mechanism for users to share resources (e.g., information, computation-based services). In this paper, we exploit the intrinsic nature of social networks, i.e., the trust formed through social relationships among users, to enable users to share resources under the framework of 3C. Specifically, we consider the mobile edge computing (MEC), in-network caching and device to-device (D2D) communications. When considering the trust-based MSNs with MEC, caching and D2D, we apply a novel deep reinforcement learning approach to automatically make a decision for optimally allocating the network resources. The decision is made purely through observing the network's states, rather than any handcrafted or explicit control rules, which makes it adaptive to variable network conditions. Google TensorFlow is used to implement the proposed deep reinforcement learning approach. Simulation results with different network parameters are presented to show the effectiveness of the proposed scheme.

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He, Y. (Ying), Liang, C. (Chengchao), Yu, F.R, & Han, Z. (Zhu). (2018). Trust-based Social Networks with Computing, Caching and Communications: A Deep Reinforcement Learning Approach. IEEE Transactions on Network Science and Engineering. doi:10.1109/TNSE.2018.2865183