ServiceNow Research

Flaky Performances when Pre-Training on Relational Databases with a Plan for Future Characterization Efforts


We explore the downstream task performances for graph neural network (GNN) self-supervised learning (SSL) methods trained on subgraphs extracted from relational databases (RDBs). Intuitively, this joint use of SSL and GNNs allows us to leverage more of the available data, which could translate to better results. However, while we observe positive transfer in some cases, others showed systematic performance degradation, including some spectacular ones. We hypothesize a mechanism that could explain this behaviour and draft the plan for future work testing it by characterize how much relevant information different strategies can (theoretically and/or empirically) extract from (synthetic and/or real) RDBs.

Workshop at the International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML)
David Vazquez
David Vazquez
Director of Research Programs

Director of Research Programs at Research Management located at Montreal, QC, Canada.

Pierre-André Noël
Pierre-André Noël
Research Scientist

Research Scientist at Low Data Learning located at Montreal, QC, Canada.