Bringing Order to Network Embedding: A Relative Ranking based Approach

Yaojing Wang, Guosheng Pan, Yuan Yao, Hanghang Tong, Hongxia Yang, Feng Xu, Jian Lu

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Abstract

Network embedding aims to automatically learn the node representations in networks. The basic idea of network embedding is to first construct a network to describe the neighborhood context for each node, and then learn the node representations by designing an objective function to preserve certain properties of the constructed context network. The vast majority of the existing methods, explicitly or implicitly, follow a pointwise design principle. That is, the objective can be decomposed into the summation of the certain goodness function over each individual edge of the context network. In this paper, we propose to go beyond such pointwise approaches, and introduce the ranking-oriented design principle for network embedding. The key idea is to decompose the overall objective function into the summation of a goodness function over a set of edges to collectively preserve their relative rankings on the context network. We instantiate the ranking-oriented design principle by two new network embedding algorithms, including a pairwise network embedding method PaWine which optimizes the relative weights of edge pairs, and a listwise method LiWine which optimizes the relative weights of edge lists. Both proposed algorithms bear a linear time complexity, making themselves scalable to large networks. We conduct extensive experimental evaluations on five real datasets with a variety of downstream learning tasks, which demonstrate that the proposed approaches consistently outperform the existing methods.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCIKM 2020 - Proceedings of the 29th ACM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages1585-1594
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781450368599
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 19 2020
Event29th ACM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management, CIKM 2020 - Virtual, Online, Ireland
Duration: Oct 19 2020Oct 23 2020

Publication series

NameInternational Conference on Information and Knowledge Management, Proceedings

Conference

Conference29th ACM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management, CIKM 2020
CountryIreland
CityVirtual, Online
Period10/19/2010/23/20

Keywords

  • listwise ranking
  • network embedding
  • pairwise ranking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Decision Sciences(all)

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