TraverseNet: Unifying Space and Time in Message Passing [preprint]

Preprint date

August 25, 2021


Zonghan Wu, Da Zheng, Shirui Pan, Quan Gan, Guodong Long, George Karypis (professor)


This paper aims to unify spatial dependency and temporal dependency in a non-Euclidean space while capturing the inner spatial-temporal dependencies for spatial-temporal graph data. For spatial-temporal attribute entities with topological structure, the space-time is consecutive and unified while each node's current status is influenced by its neighbors' past states over variant periods of each neighbor. Most spatial-temporal neural networks study spatial dependency and temporal correlation separately in processing, gravely impaired the space-time continuum, and ignore the fact that the neighbors' temporal dependency period for a node can be delayed and dynamic. To model this actual condition, we propose TraverseNet, a novel spatial-temporal graph neural network, viewing space and time as an inseparable whole, to mine spatial-temporal graphs while exploiting the evolving spatial-temporal dependencies for each node via message traverse mechanisms. Experiments with ablation and parameter studies have validated the effectiveness of the proposed TraverseNets, and the detailed implementation can be found from

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TraverseNet: Unifying Space and Time in Message Passing


spatial-temporal neural networks, data mining