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Workshop: Graph Representation Learning and Beyond (GRL+)

(#86 / Sess. 2) Graph Generation with Energy-Based Models

Jenny Liu


We present a set of novel, energy-based models built on top of graph neural networks (GNN-EBMs) to estimate the unnormalized density of a distribution of graphs. GNN-EBMs can generate graphs implicitly via MCMC sampling. We compare the performance of GNN-EBMs trained using 3 different estimators: pseudolikelihood, conditional noise contrastive estimation, and persistent contrastive divergence (PCD). We find that all 3 estimators result in models that generalize well, while models trained with PCD generate samples that are competitive with state-of-the-art baselines. Finally, we discuss the potential of GNN-EBMs beyond generation for diverse tasks such as semi-supervised learning and outlier detection.

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