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Lukas Gianinazzi, Maximilian Fries, Nikoli Dryden, Tal Ben-Nun, Maciej Besta, Torsten Hoefler:

 Learning Combinatorial Node Labeling Algorithms

(arXiv:2106.03594. Jun. 2021)


We present a novel neural architecture to solve graph optimization problems where the solution consists of arbitrary node labels, allowing us to solve hard problems like graph coloring. We train our model using reinforcement learning, specifically policy gradients, which gives us both a greedy and a probabilistic policy. Our architecture builds on a graph attention network and uses several inductive biases to improve solution quality. Our learned deterministic heuristics for graph coloring give better solutions than classical degree-based greedy heuristics and only take seconds to apply to graphs with tens of thousands of vertices. Moreover, our probabilistic policies outperform all greedy state-of-the-art coloring baselines and a machine learning baseline. Finally, we show that our approach also generalizes to other problems by evaluating it on minimum vertex cover and outperforming two greedy heuristics.


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  author={Lukas Gianinazzi and Maximilian Fries and Nikoli Dryden and Tal Ben-Nun and Maciej Besta and Torsten Hoefler},
  title={{Learning Combinatorial Node Labeling Algorithms}},

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