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Efficient Graph Generation with Graph Recurrent Attention Networks


We propose a new family of efficient and expressive deep generative models of graphs, called Graph Recurrent Attention Networks (GRANs). Our model generates graphs one block of nodes and associated edges at a time. The block size and sampling stride allow us to trade off sample quality for efficiency. Compared to previous RNN-based graph generative models, our framework better captures the auto-regressive conditioning between the already-generated and to-be-generated parts of the graph using Graph Neural Networks (GNNs) with attention. This not only reduces the dependency on node ordering but also bypasses the long-term bottleneck caused by the sequential nature of RNNs. Moreover, we parameterize the output distribution per block using a mixture of Bernoulli, which captures the correlations among generated edges within the block. Finally, we propose to handle node orderings in generation by marginalizing over a family of canonical orderings. On standard benchmarks, we achieve state-of-the-art time efficiency and sample quality compared to previous models. Additionally, we show our model is capable of generating large graphs of up to 5K nodes with good quality. To the best of our knowledge, GRAN is the first deep graph generative model that can scale to this size. Our code is released at: this https URL.


Renjie Liao, Yujia Li, Yang Song, Shenlong Wang, Charlie Nash, William L. Hamilton, David Duvenaud, Raquel Urtasun, Richard S. Zemel


NeurIPS 2019

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Renjie Liao is a PhD student in Machine Learning Group, Department of Computer Science, University of Toronto, supervised by Prof. Raquel Urtasun and Prof. Richard Zemel. He is also a Research Scientist in Uber Advanced Technology Group Toronto. He is also affiliated with Vector Institute. He received M.Phil. degree from Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Chinese University of Hong Kong, under the supervision of Prof. Jiaya Jia. He got B.Eng. degree from School of Automation Science and Electrical Engineering in Beihang University (former Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics).
Shenlong Wang is research scientist at Uber ATG Toronto working on the development of self-driving cars. He is also a PhD student at University of Toronto. His advisor is Prof. Raquel Urtasun. He has a broad interest in computer vision, machine learning and robotics. He is particularly interested in 3D vision and deep structured models.
Raquel Urtasun is the Chief Scientist for Uber ATG and the Head of Uber ATG Toronto. She is also a Professor at the University of Toronto, a Canada Research Chair in Machine Learning and Computer Vision and a co-founder of the Vector Institute for AI. She is a recipient of an NSERC EWR Steacie Award, an NVIDIA Pioneers of AI Award, a Ministry of Education and Innovation Early Researcher Award, three Google Faculty Research Awards, an Amazon Faculty Research Award, a Connaught New Researcher Award, a Fallona Family Research Award and two Best Paper Runner up Prize awarded CVPR in 2013 and 2017. She was also named Chatelaine 2018 Woman of the year, and 2018 Toronto’s top influencers by Adweek magazine