Ping Wang, Chandan Reddy


Representation learning methods for heterogeneous networks produce a low-dimensional vector embedding (that is typically fixed for all tasks) for each node. Many of the existing methods focus on obtaining a static vector representation for a node in a way that is agnostic to the downstream application where it is being used. In practice, however, downstream tasks such as link prediction require specific contextual information that can be extracted from the subgraphs related to the nodes provided as input to the task. To tackle this challenge, we develop , a framework for bridging static representation learning methods using global information from the entire graph with localized attention driven mechanisms to learn contextual node representations. We first pre-train our model in a self-supervised manner by introducing higher-order semantic associations and masking nodes, and then fine-tune our model for a specific link prediction task. Instead of training node representations by aggregating information from all semantic neighbors connected via metapaths, we automatically learn the composition of different metapaths that characterize the context for a specific task without the need for any pre-defined metapaths. significantly outperforms both static and contextual embedding learning methods on several publicly available benchmark network datasets. We also demonstrate the interpretability, effectiveness of contextual learning, and the scalability of through extensive evaluation.

Ping Wang, Khushbu Agarwal, Colby Ham, Sutanay Choudhury, Chandan K. Reddy: Self-Supervised Learning of Contextual Embeddings for Link Prediction in Heterogeneous Networks. WWW 2021: 2946-2957


Ping Wang

Chandan Reddy

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April 19, 2021
World Wide Web conference
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