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Natural Graph Networks
Pim de Haan · Taco Cohen · Max Welling

Thu Dec 10 09:00 PM -- 11:00 PM (PST) @ Poster Session 6 #1849

A key requirement for graph neural networks is that they must process a graph in a way that does not depend on how the graph is described. Traditionally this has been taken to mean that a graph network must be equivariant to node permutations. Here we show that instead of equivariance, the more general concept of naturality is sufficient for a graph network to be well-defined, opening up a larger class of graph networks. We define global and local natural graph networks, the latter of which are as scalable as conventional message passing graph neural networks while being more flexible. We give one practical instantiation of a natural network on graphs which uses an equivariant message network parameterization, yielding good performance on several benchmarks.

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Pim de Haan (Qualcomm AI Research, University of Amsterdam)
Taco Cohen (Qualcomm AI Research)
Max Welling (University of Amsterdam / Qualcomm AI Research)

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