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posted on 2020-03-06, 06:40 authored by Shagun Sodhani, Meng Qu, Jian Tang

Network embedding, which aims at learning distributed representations for nodes in networks, is a critical task with wide downstream applications. Most existing studies focus on networks with a single type of edges, whereas in many cases, the edges of networks can be derived from two opposite relationships, yielding signed networks. This paper studies network embedding for the signed network, and a novel approach called TEA is proposed. Similar to existing methods, TEA (Triad+Edge+Attention) learns node representations by predicting the sign of each edge in the network. However, many existing methods only consider the local structural information (i.e., the representations of nodes in an edge) for prediction, which can be biased especially for sparse networks. By contrast, TEA seeks to leverage the high-order structures by drawing inspirations from the Structural Balance Theory. More specifically, for an edge linking two nodes, TEA predicts the edge sign by considering the triangles connecting the two nodes as features. Meanwhile, an attention mechanism is proposed, which assigns different weights to the different triangles before aggregating their predictions for more precise results. We conduct experiments on several real-world signed networks, and the results prove the effectiveness of TEA over many strong baseline approaches.