Updates-aware graph pattern based node matching

Guohao Sun, Guanfeng Liu, Yan Wang, Xiaofang Zhou

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Graph Pattern based Node Matching (GPNM) is to find all the matches of the nodes in a data graph GD based on a given pattern graph GP. GPNM has become increasingly important in many applications, e.g., group finding and expert recommendation. In real scenarios, both GP and GD are updated frequently. However, the existing GPNM methods either need to perform a new GPNM procedure from scratch to deliver the node matching results based on the updated GP and GD or incrementally perform the GPNM procedure for each of the updates, leading to low efficiency. Therefore, there is a pressing need for a new method to efficiently deliver the node matching results on the updated graphs. In this paper, we first analyze and detect the elimination relationships between the updates. Then, we construct an Elimination Hierarchy Tree (EH-Tree) to index these elimination relationships. In order to speed up the GPNM process, we propose a graph partition method and then propose a new updates-aware GPNM method, called UA-GPNM, considering the single-graph elimination relationships among the updates in a single graph of GP or GD, and also the cross-graph elimination relationships between the updates in GP and the updates in GD. UA-GPNM first delivers the GPNM result of an initial query, and then delivers the GPNM result of a subsequent query, based on the initial GPNM result and the multiple updates that occur between two queries. The experimental results on five real-world social graphs demonstrate that our proposed UA-GPNM is much more efficient than the state-of-the-art GPNM methods.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2020 IEEE 36th International Conference on Data Engineering, ICDE 2020
Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781728129037
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event36th IEEE International Conference on Data Engineering, ICDE 2020 - Dallas, United States
Duration: 20 Apr 202024 Apr 2020

Publication series

NameProceedings - International Conference on Data Engineering
ISSN (Print)1084-4627


Conference36th IEEE International Conference on Data Engineering, ICDE 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Pattern matching
  • Indexes
  • Social network services
  • Collaboration
  • Query processing
  • Fans
  • Periodic structures

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