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Tree Covers: An Alternative to Metric Embeddings
Roshni Sahoo · Ines Chami · Christopher Ré

Fri Dec 11 08:30 AM -- 09:30 AM (PST) @

We study the problem of finding distance-preserving graph representations. Most previous approaches focus on learning continuous embeddings in metric spaces such as Euclidean or hyperbolic spaces. Based on the observation that embedding into a metric space is not necessary to produce faithful representations, we explore a new conceptual approach to represent graphs using a collection of trees, namely a tree cover. We show that with the same amount of storage, covers achieve lower distortion than learned metric embeddings. While the distance induced by covers is not a metric, we find that tree covers still have the desirable properties of graph representations, including efficiency in query and construction time.

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Roshni Sahoo (Stanford University)
Ines Chami (Stanford University)
Christopher Ré (Stanford)
Christopher Ré

Christopher (Chris) Re is an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science at Stanford University. He is in the Stanford AI Lab and is affiliated with the Machine Learning Group and the Center for Research on Foundation Models. His recent work is to understand how software and hardware systems will change because of machine learning along with a continuing, petulant drive to work on math problems. Research from his group has been incorporated into scientific and humanitarian efforts, such as the fight against human trafficking, along with products from technology and companies including Apple, Google, YouTube, and more. He has also cofounded companies, including Snorkel, SambaNova, and Together, and a venture firm, called Factory. His family still brags that he received the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, but his closest friends are confident that it was a mistake. His research contributions have spanned database theory, database systems, and machine learning, and his work has won best paper at a premier venue in each area, respectively, at PODS 2012, SIGMOD 2014, and ICML 2016. Due to great collaborators, he received the NeurIPS 2020 test-of-time award and the PODS 2022 test-of-time award. Due to great students, he received best paper at MIDL 2022, best paper runner up at ICLR22 and ICML22, and best student-paper runner up at UAI22.

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