Nurendra Choudhary, Chandan Reddy


Hyperbolic neural networks have recently gained significant attention due to their promising results on several graph problems including node classification and link prediction. The primary reason for this success is the effectiveness of the hyperbolic space in capturing the inherent hierarchy of graph datasets. However, they are limited in terms of generalization, scalability, and have inferior performance when it comes to non-hierarchical datasets. In this paper, we take a completely orthogonal perspective for modeling hyperbolic networks. We use Poincaré disk to model the hyperbolic geometry and also treat it as if the disk itself is a tangent space at origin. This enables us to replace non-scalable Möbius gyrovector operations with an Euclidean approximation, and thus simplifying the entire hyperbolic model to a Euclidean model cascaded with a hyperbolic normalization function. Our approach does not adhere to Möbius math, yet it still works in the Riemannian manifold, hence we call it Pseudo-Poincaré framework. We applied our non-linear hyperbolic normalization to the current state-of-the-art homogeneous and multi-relational graph networks and demonstrate significant improvements in performance compared to both Euclidean and hyperbolic counterparts. The primary impact of this work lies in its ability to capture hierarchical features in the Euclidean space, and thus, can replace hyperbolic networks without loss in performance metrics while simultaneously leveraging the power of Euclidean networks such as interpretability and efficient execution of various model components.


Chandan Reddy

Publication Details

Date of publication:
June 9, 2022
Cornell University
Publication note:

Mehrdad Khatir, Nurendra Choudhary, Sutanay Choudhury, Khushbu Agarwal, Chandan K. Reddy: Pseudo-Poincaré: A Unification Framework for Euclidean and Hyperbolic Graph Neural Networks. CoRR abs/2206.04285 (2022)