Position-based Hash Embeddings For Scaling Graph Neural Networks [preprint]

Preprint date

August 31, 2021


Maria Kalantzi (Ph.D. student), George Karypis (professor)


Graph Neural Networks (GNNs) bring the power of deep representation learning to graph and relational data and achieve state-of-the-art performance in many applications. GNNs compute node representations by taking into account the topology of the node's ego-network and the features of the ego-network's nodes. When the nodes do not have high-quality features, GNNs learn an embedding layer to compute node embeddings and use them as input features. However, the size of the embedding layer is linear to the graph size and does not scale to graphs with hundreds of millions of nodes. To reduce the memory associated with this embedding layer, hashing-based approaches, commonly used in applications like NLP and recommender systems, can potentially be used. However, a direct application of these ideas fails to exploit the fact that in many real-world graphs, nodes that are topologically close will tend to be related to each other (homophily) and as such their representations will be similar.

In this work, we present approaches that take advantage of the nodes' position in the graph to dramatically reduce the memory required, with minimal if any degradation in the quality of the resulting GNN model. Our approaches decompose a node's embedding into two components: a position-specific component and a node-specific component. The position-specific component models homophily and the node-specific component models the node-to-node variation. Extensive experiments using different datasets and GNN models show that in nearly all cases, our methods are able to reduce the memory requirements by 86% to 97% while achieving better classification accuracy than other competing approaches, including the full embeddings.

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Position-based Hash Embeddings For Scaling Graph Neural Networks


machine learning, data mining, graph neural networks