Co-Embedding Attributed Networks

Zaiqiao Meng, Shangsong Liang, Hongyan Bao, Xiangliang Zhang

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Existing embedding methods for attributed networks aim at learning low-dimensional vector representations for nodes only but not for both nodes and attributes, resulting in the fact that they cannot capture the affinities between nodes and attributes. However, capturing such affinities is of great importance to the success of many real-world attributed network applications, such as attribute inference and user profiling. Accordingly, in this paper, we introduce a Co-embedding model for Attributed Networks (CAN), which learns low-dimensional representations of both attributes and nodes in the same semantic space such that the affinities between them can be effectively captured and measured. To obtain high-quality embeddings, we propose a variational auto-encoder that embeds each node and attribute with means and variances of Gaussian distributions. Experimental results on real-world networks demonstrate that our model yields excellent performance in a number of applications compared with state-of-the-art techniques.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Twelfth ACM International Conference on Web Search and Data Mining - WSDM '19
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9781450359405
StatePublished - Mar 11 2019

Bibliographical note

KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledged KAUST grant number(s): FCC/1/1976-19-01
Acknowledgements: The research reported in this publication was supported by funding from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), under award number FCC/1/1976-19-01.


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