TD-GEN: Graph Generation Using Tree Decomposition

Hamed Shirzad · Hossein Hajimirsadeghi · Amir Abdi · Greg Mori


We propose TD-GEN, a graph generation framework based on tree decomposition, and introduce a reduced upper bound on the maximum number of decisions needed for graph generation. The framework includes a permutation invariant tree generation model which forms the backbone of graph generation. Tree nodes are supernodes, each representing a cluster of nodes in the graph. Graph nodes and edges are incrementally generated inside the clusters by traversing the tree supernodes, respecting the structure of the tree decomposition, and following node sharing decisions between the clusters. Further, we discuss the shortcomings of the standard evaluation criteria based on statistical properties of the generated graphs. We propose to compare the generalizability of models based on expected likelihood. Empirical results on a variety of standard graph generation datasets demonstrate the superior performance of our method.

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