Self-supervised auxiliary learning with meta-paths for heterogeneous graphs

Dasol Hwang, Jinyoung Park, Sunyoung Kwon, Kyung Min Kim, Jung Woo Ha, Hyunwoo J. Kim

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Graph neural networks have shown superior performance in a wide range of applications providing a powerful representation of graph-structured data. Recent works show that the representation can be further improved by auxiliary tasks. However, the auxiliary tasks for heterogeneous graphs, which contain rich semantic information with various types of nodes and edges, have less explored in the literature. In this paper, to learn graph neural networks on heterogeneous graphs we propose a novel self-supervised auxiliary learning method using meta-paths, which are composite relations of multiple edge types. Our proposed method is learning to learn a primary task by predicting meta-paths as auxiliary tasks. This can be viewed as a type of meta-learning. The proposed method can identify an effective combination of auxiliary tasks and automatically balance them to improve the primary task. Our methods can be applied to any graph neural networks in a plug-in manner without manual labeling or additional data. The experiments demonstrate that the proposed method consistently improves the performance of link prediction and node classification on heterogeneous graphs.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAdvances in Neural Information Processing Systems
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event34th Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems, NeurIPS 2020 - Virtual, Online
Duration: 2020 Dec 62020 Dec 12

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Acknowledgements. This work was partly supported by NAVER Corp. and Institute for Information & communications Technology Planning & Evaluation (IITP) grants funded by the Korea government (MSIT): the Regional Strategic Industry Convergence Security Core Talent Training Business (No.2019-0-01343) and the ICT Creative Consilience Program (IITP-2020-0-01819).

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© 2020 Neural information processing systems foundation. All rights reserved.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Information Systems
  • Signal Processing


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