Feature selection on node statistics based embedding of graphs

Jaume Gibert, Ernest Valveny, Horst Bunke

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Representing a graph with a feature vector is a common way of making statistical machine learning algorithms applicable to the domain of graphs. Such a transition from graphs to vectors is known as graph embedding. A key issue in graph embedding is to select a proper set of features in order to make the vectorial representation of graphs as strong and discriminative as possible. In this article, we propose features that are constructed out of frequencies of node label representatives. We first build a large set of features and then select the most discriminative ones according to different ranking criteria and feature transformation algorithms. On different classification tasks, we experimentally show that only a small significant subset of these features is needed to achieve the same classification rates as competing to state-of-the-art methods. © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1980-1990
JournalPattern Recognition Letters
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2012


  • Feature ranking
  • Graph classification
  • Graph embedding
  • PCA
  • Structural pattern recognition


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