Transferability of Graph Neural Networks using Graphon and Sampling Theories

Data Science Seminar

Martina Neuman (University of Vienna; joins this Fall)


Graph neural networks (GNNs) have become powerful tools for processing graph-based information in various domains. A desirable property of GNNs is transferability, where a trained network can swap in information from a different graph without retraining and retain its accuracy. A recent method of capturing transferability of GNNs is through the use of graphons, which are symmetric, measurable functions representing the limit of large dense graphs. In this work, we contribute to the application of graphons to GNNs by presenting an explicit two-layer graphon neural network (WNN) architecture. We prove its ability to approximate bandlimited signals within a specified error tolerance using a minimal number of network weights. We then leverage this result, to establish the transferability of an explicit two-layer GNN over all sufficiently large graphs in a sequence converging to a graphon. Our work addresses transferability between both deterministic weighted graphs and simple random graphs and overcomes issues related to the curse of dimensionality that arise in other GNN results. The proposed WNN and GNN architectures offer practical solutions for handling graph data of varying sizes while maintaining performance guarantees without extensive retraining.

This will be a near continuum of a related work on the power of GNNs in generalizing bandlimited functions over Euclidean domains.

Start date
Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2023, 1:25 p.m.
End date
Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2023, 2:25 p.m.

Lind Hall 325 and Zoom

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