Graph Neural Networks Designed for Different Graph Types: A Survey

Published: 30 Mar 2023, Last Modified: 30 Mar 2023Accepted by TMLREveryoneRevisionsBibTeX
Abstract: Graphs are ubiquitous in nature and can therefore serve as models for many practical but also theoretical problems. For this purpose, they can be defined as many different types which suitably reflect the individual contexts of the represented problem. To address cutting-edge problems based on graph data, the research field of Graph Neural Networks (GNNs) has emerged. Despite the field’s youth and the speed at which new models are developed, many recent surveys have been published to keep track of them. Nevertheless, it has not yet been gathered which GNN can process what kind of graph types. In this survey, we give a detailed overview of already existing GNNs and, unlike previous surveys, categorize them according to their ability to handle different graph types and properties. We consider GNNs operating on static and dynamic graphs of different structural constitutions, with or without node or edge attributes. Moreover, we distinguish between GNN models for discrete-time or continuous-time dynamic graphs and group the models according to their architecture. We find that there are still graph types that are not or only rarely covered by existing GNN models. We point out where models are missing and give potential reasons for their absence.
License: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)
Submission Length: Long submission (more than 12 pages of main content)
Changes Since Last Submission: Added minor revisions of editor: - added reference to Tab. 7 - improved writing and removed ambiguity in notation of Def. 3.2 - minor corrections in text of Definitions 3.3 and 3.7 Removed definitions of sets of all undirected/multi/attributed graphs because thanks to the minor revision of the editor we noticed they were not needed. Moved around tables (within subsections) and deleted white space that was produced due to the changes in the review process. Replaced the picture of the dog in Fig. 1 with the group's logo. Added Acknowledgements.
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Submission Number: 699