An Attention-Based Graph Neural Network for Heterogeneous Structural Learning


  • Huiting Hong Didi Chuxing
  • Hantao Guo Peking University
  • Yucheng Lin Didi Chuxing
  • Xiaoqing Yang Didi Chuxing
  • Zang Li Didi Chuxing
  • Jieping Ye Didi Chuxing



In this paper, we focus on graph representation learning of heterogeneous information network (HIN), in which various types of vertices are connected by various types of relations. Most of the existing methods conducted on HIN revise homogeneous graph embedding models via meta-paths to learn low-dimensional vector space of HIN. In this paper, we propose a novel Heterogeneous Graph Structural Attention Neural Network (HetSANN) to directly encode structural information of HIN without meta-path and achieve more informative representations. With this method, domain experts will not be needed to design meta-path schemes and the heterogeneous information can be processed automatically by our proposed model. Specifically, we implicitly represent heterogeneous information using the following two methods: 1) we model the transformation between heterogeneous vertices through a projection in low-dimensional entity spaces; 2) afterwards, we apply the graph neural network to aggregate multi-relational information of projected neighborhood by means of attention mechanism. We also present three extensions of HetSANN, i.e., voices-sharing product attention for the pairwise relationships in HIN, cycle-consistency loss to retain the transformation between heterogeneous entity spaces, and multi-task learning with full use of information. The experiments conducted on three public datasets demonstrate that our proposed models achieve significant and consistent improvements compared to state-of-the-art solutions.




How to Cite

Hong, H., Guo, H., Lin, Y., Yang, X., Li, Z., & Ye, J. (2020). An Attention-Based Graph Neural Network for Heterogeneous Structural Learning. Proceedings of the AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence, 34(04), 4132-4139.



AAAI Technical Track: Machine Learning