In general, graph neural networks (GNNs) adopt the message-passing scheme to capture the information of a node (i.e., nodal attributes, and local graph structure) by iteratively transforming, aggregating the features of its neighbors. Nonetheless, recent studies show that the performance of GNNs can be easily hampered by the existence of abnormal or malicious nodes due to the vulnerability of neighborhood aggregation. Thus it is necessary to learn anomaly-resistant GNNs without the prior knowledge of ground-truth anomalies, given the fact that labeling anomalies is costly and requires intensive domain knowledge. Though removing anomalies through unsupervised anomaly detection methods could be a possible solution, it may render unreasonable GNN model performance on target tasks due to the non-differentiable gap between the two learning procedures. In order to keep the effectiveness of GNNs on anomaly-contaminated graphs, in this paper, we propose a new framework named RARE-GNN (Reinforced Anomaly-REsistant Graph Neural Networks) which can detect anomalies from the input graph and learn anomaly-resistant GNNs simultaneously. Extensive experiments on real-world datasets demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed framework.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCIKM 2021 - Proceedings of the 30th ACM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781450384469
StatePublished - Oct 26 2021
Event30th ACM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management, CIKM 2021 - Virtual, Online, Australia
Duration: Nov 1 2021Nov 5 2021

Publication series

NameInternational Conference on Information and Knowledge Management, Proceedings


Conference30th ACM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management, CIKM 2021
CityVirtual, Online


  • anomaly detection
  • graph neural networks
  • reinforcement learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Business, Management and Accounting
  • General Decision Sciences


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