Deep semantic network representation

Xuexiong Luo, Jia Wu, Chuan Zhou, Xiankun Zhang, Yuan Wang

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Network representation aims to learn low-dimensional vector representations of network nodes while preserving the inherent properties of the network. For all its popularity, majority of the existing methods focus on exploitation of diverse information, including network topology and semantic information on nodes of network, and ignore their implicit semantics. For example, we all know the saying that birds of a feather flock together. More concretely, semantic information of one node can be influenced by its neighbors' semantic information. Furthermore, even two nodes are not directly connected, they may have similar implicit semantic information (i.e., high-order semantic proximity). Thus, they should be close in the represented vector space. 

To this end, we propose a Deep Semantic Network Representation approach (DSNR) in the self-translation framework from sequence to sequence. To excavate the implicit semantic information of nodes and capture the high-order semantic proximity, three key components make our approach effective, i.e., aggregation of nodes neighbors' semantic information and enhancement to the semantic feature representations of nodes by a deep autoencoder, integration of nodes semantic information in node identity sequence to generate node semantic sequence, and translation from node semantic sequence to node identity sequence to capture the high-order semantic proximity in an attention-enhanced seq2seq framework. Extensive experiments based on three real-world datasets have verified the effectiveness of our proposed approach. Code is available at

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 20th IEEE International Conference on Data Mining, ICDM 2020
EditorsClaudia Plant, Haixun Wang, Alfredo Cuzzocrea, Carlo Zaniolo, Xindong Wu
Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781728183169
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event20th IEEE International Conference on Data Mining, ICDM 2020 - Virtual, Sorrento, Italy
Duration: 17 Nov 202020 Nov 2020

Publication series

NameProceedings - IEEE International Conference on Data Mining, ICDM
ISSN (Print)1550-4786


Conference20th IEEE International Conference on Data Mining, ICDM 2020
CityVirtual, Sorrento


  • High-order proximity
  • Network representation
  • Node semantics
  • Self-translation
  • Semantic networks


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