Structural hierarchy-enhanced network representation learning

Cheng Te Li, Hong Yu Lin

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Network representation learning (NRL) is crucial in generating effective node features for downstream tasks, such as node classification (NC) and link prediction (LP). However, existing NRL methods neither properly identify neighbor nodes that should be pushed together and away in the embedding space, nor model coarse-grained community knowledge hidden behind the network topology. In this paper, we propose a novel NRL framework, Structural Hierarchy Enhancement (SHE), to deal with such two issues. The main idea is to construct a structural hierarchy from the network based on community detection, and to utilize such a hierarchy to perform level-wise NRL. In addition, lower-level node embeddings are passed to higher-level ones so that community knowledge can be aware of in NRL. Experiments conducted on benchmark network datasets show that SHE can significantly boost the performance of NRL in both tasks of NC and LP, compared to other hierarchical NRL methods.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7214
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalApplied Sciences (Switzerland)
Issue number20
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Oct 2

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Instrumentation
  • Engineering(all)
  • Process Chemistry and Technology
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes


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