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RGE: A Repulsive Graph Rectification for Node Classification via Influence
Jaeyun Song · Sungyub Kim · Eunho Yang

Wed Jul 26 05:00 PM -- 06:30 PM (PDT) @ Exhibit Hall 1 #736

In real-world graphs, noisy connections are inevitable, which makes it difficult to obtain unbiased node representations. Among various attempts to resolve this problem, a method of estimating the counterfactual effects of these connectivities has recently attracted attention, which mainly uses influence functions for single graph elements (i.e., node and edge). However, in this paper, we argue that there is a strongly interacting group effect between the influences of graph elements due to their connectivity. In the same vein, we observe that edge groups connecting to the same train node exhibit significant differences in their influences, hence no matter how negative each is, removing them at once may have a rather negative effect as a group. Based on this motivation, we propose a new edge-removing strategy, Repulsive edge Group Elimination (RGE), that preferentially removes edges with no interference in groups. Empirically, we demonstrate that RGE consistently outperforms existing methods on the various benchmark datasets.

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Jaeyun Song (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology)
Sungyub Kim (KAIST)

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