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Maciej Besta, Afonso Claudino Catarino, Lukas Gianinazzi, Nils Blach, Piotr Nyczyk, Hubert Niewiadomski, Torsten Hoefler:

 HOT: Higher-Order Dynamic Graph Representation Learning with Efficient Transformers

(In Proceedings of the Learning on Graphs Conference (LOG'23), presented in Virtual, Nov. 2023)

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Many graph representation learning (GRL) problems are dynamic, with millions of edges added or removed per second. A fundamental workload in this setting is dynamic link prediction: using a history of graph updates to predict whether a given pair of vertices will become connected. Recent schemes for link prediction in such dynamic settings employ Transformers, modeling individual graph updates as single tokens. In this work, we propose HOT: a model that enhances this line of works by harnessing higher-order (HO) graph structures; specifically, k-hop neighbors and more general subgraphs containing a given pair of vertices. Harnessing such HO structures by encoding them into the attention matrix of the underlying Transformer results in higher accuracy of link prediction outcomes, but at the expense of increased memory pressure. To alleviate this, we resort to a recent class of schemes that impose hierarchy on the attention matrix, significantly reducing memory footprint. The final design offers a sweetspot between high accuracy and low memory utilization. HOT outperforms other dynamic GRL schemes, for example achieving 9%, 7%, and 15% higher accuracy than – respectively – DyGFormer, TGN, and GraphMixer, for the MOOC dataset. Our design can be seamlessly extended towards other dynamic GRL workloads.


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  author={Maciej Besta and Afonso Claudino Catarino and Lukas Gianinazzi and Nils Blach and Piotr Nyczyk and Hubert Niewiadomski and Torsten Hoefler},
  title={{HOT: Higher-Order Dynamic Graph Representation Learning with Efficient Transformers}},
  booktitle={Proceedings of the Learning on Graphs Conference (LOG'23)},

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