Data-Informed Geometric Space Selection

Part of Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 36 (NeurIPS 2023) Main Conference Track

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Shuai Zhang, Wenqi Jiang


Geometric representation learning (e.g., hyperbolic and spherical geometry) has proven to be efficacious in solving many intricate machine learning tasks. The fundamental challenge of geometric representation learning lies in aligning the inherent geometric bias with the underlying structure of the data, which is a rarely explored topic in the literature. Existing methods heavily rely on heuristic assumptions on the data structure to decide the type of geometry to be adopted, which often leads to suboptimal performance. This work aims to automate the alignment process via a data-informed strategy such that we optimize model performance with minimal overhead. Specifically, a sparse gating mechanism is employed to enable each input data point $\mathit{p}$ to select $K$ geometric spaces from a given candidate geometric space pool with $N$ ($K