T-PAIR: Temporal Node-pair Embedding for Automatic Biomedical Hypothesis Generation

Uchenna Thankgod Akujuobi, Michael Spranger, Sucheendra K Palanniappan, Xiangliang Zhang

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In this paper, we study an automatic hypothesis generation (HG) problem, which refers to the discovery of meaningful implicit connections between scientific terms, including but not limited to diseases, chemicals, drugs, and genes extracted from databases of biomedical publications. Most prior studies of this problem focused on the use of static information of terms and largely ignored the temporal dynamics of scientific term relations. Even when the dynamics were considered in a few recent studies, they learned the representations for the scientific terms, rather than focusing on the term-pair relations. Since the HG problem is to predict term-pair connections, it is not enough to know with whom the terms are connected; it is more important to know how the connections have been formed (in a dynamic process). We formulate this HG problem as a future connectivity prediction in a dynamic attributed graph. The key is to capture the temporal evolution of node-pair (term-pair) relations. We propose an inductive edge (node-pair) embedding method named T-PAIR, utilizing both the graphical structure and node attribute to encode the temporal node-pair relationship. We demonstrate the efficiency of the proposed model on three real-world datasets constructed from biomedical publications in the transductive and inductive settings.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-1
Number of pages1
JournalIEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering
StatePublished - 2020


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