Ensemble Learning for Relational Data

Journal of Machine Learning Research (JMLR)

Published July 23, 2020

Hoda Eldardiry, Jennifer Neville, Ryan A. Rossi

In this work, we present a theoretical analysis framework for relational ensemble models. We show that ensembles of collective classifiers can improve predictions for graph data by reducing errors due to variance in both learning \emph{and} inference. In addition, we propose a relational ensemble framework that combines a relational ensemble learning approach with a relational ensemble inference approach for collective classification. This combination allows the relational ensemble to reduce errors due to variance in both learning and inference. The proposed ensemble techniques are applicable for both single and multiple graph settings. Experiments on both synthetic and real-world data demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed framework. Finally, our experimental results support the theoretical analysis and confirm that ensemble algorithms that explicitly focus on both learning and inference processes and aim at reducing errors associated with both, are the best performers.

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Research Area:  AI & Machine Learning