Exploiting edge features for graph neural networks

Liyu Gong, Qiang Cheng

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Edge features contain important information about graphs. However, current state-of-the-art neural network models designed for graph learning, eg, graph convolutional networks (GCN) and graph attention networks (GAT), inadequately utilize edge features, especially multi-dimensional edge features. In this paper, we build a new framework for a family of new graph neural network models that can more sufficiently exploit edge features, including those of undirected or multi-dimensional edges. The proposed framework can consolidate current graph neural network models, e.g., GCN and GAT. The proposed framework and new models have the following novelties: First, we propose to use doubly stochastic normalization of graph edge features instead of the commonly used row or symmetric normalization approaches used in current graph neural networks. Second, we construct new formulas for the operations in each individual layer so that they can handle multi-dimensional edge features. Third, for the proposed new framework, edge features are adaptive across network layers. As a result, our proposed new framework and new models are able to exploit a rich source of graph edge information. We apply our new models to graph node classification on several citation networks, whole graph classification, and regression on several molecular datasets. Compared with the current state-of-the-art methods, i.e., GCNs and GAT, our models obtain better performance, which testify to the importance of exploiting edge features in graph neural networks.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2019 IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, CVPR 2019
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781728132938
StatePublished - Jun 2019
Event32nd IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, CVPR 2019 - Long Beach, United States
Duration: Jun 16 2019Jun 20 2019

Publication series

NameProceedings of the IEEE Computer Society Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
ISSN (Print)1063-6919


Conference32nd IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, CVPR 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLong Beach

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Publisher Copyright:
© 2019 IEEE.


  • Deep Learning
  • Others

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition


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