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  2. The rise of deep neural networks offers new opportunities in optimizing recommender systems. However, optimizing recommender systems using deep neural networks requires delicate architecture fabrication. We propose NASRec, a paradigm that trains a single supernet and efficiently produces abundant models/sub-architectures by weight sharing. To overcome the data multi-modality and architecture heterogeneity challenges in the recommendation domain, NASRec establishes a large supernet (i.e., search space) to search the full architectures. The supernet incorporates versatile choice of operators and dense connectivity to minimize human efforts for finding priors. The scale and heterogeneity in NASRec impose several challenges, such as training inefficiency, operator-imbalance, and degraded rank correlation. We tackle these challenges by proposing single-operator any-connection sampling, operator-balancing interaction modules, and post-training fine-tuning. Our crafted models, NASRecNet, show promising results on three Click-Through Rates (CTR) prediction benchmarks, indicating that NASRec outperforms both manually designed models and existing NAS methods with state-of-the-art performance. Our work is publicly available here. 
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  3. Dense subgraph detection is a fundamental building block for a va- riety of applications. Most of the existing methods aim to discover dense subgraphs within either a single network or a multi-view network while ignoring the informative node dependencies across multiple layers of networks in a complex system. To date, it largely remains a daunting task to detect dense subgraphs on multi-layered networks. In this paper, we formulate the problem of dense sub- graph detection on multi-layered networks based on cross-layer consistency principle. We further propose a novel algorithm Des- tine based on projected gradient descent with the following ad- vantages. First, armed with the cross-layer dependencies, Destine is able to detect significantly more accurate and meaningful dense subgraphs at each layer. Second, it scales linearly w.r.t. the num- ber of links in the multi-layered network. Extensive experiments demonstrate the efficacy of the proposed Destine algorithm in various cases. 
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    Ranking on networks plays an important role in many high-impact applications, including recommender systems, social network analysis, bioinformatics and many more. In the age of big data, a recent trend is to address the variety aspect of network ranking. Among others, two representative lines of research include (1) heterogeneous information network with different types of nodes and edges, and (2) network of networks with edges at different resolutions. In this paper, we propose a new network model named Network of Heterogeneous Information Networks (NeoHIN for short) that is capable of simultaneously modeling both different types of nodes/edges, and different edge resolutions. We further propose two new ranking algorithms on NeoHIN based on the cross-domain consistency principle. Experiments on synthetic and real-world networks show that our proposed algorithms are (1) effective, which outperform other existing methods, and (2) efficient, without additional time cost per iteration to their counterparts. 
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  5. We propose a stochastic variational inference algorithm for training large-scale Bayesian networks, where noisy-OR conditional distributions are used to capture higher-order relationships. One application is to the learning of hierarchical topic models for text data. While previous work has focused on two-layer networks popular in applications like medical diagnosis, we develop scalable algorithms for deep networks that capture a multi-level hierarchy of interactions. Our key innovation is a family of constrained variational bounds that only explicitly optimize posterior probabilities for the sub-graph of topics most related to the sparse observations in a given document. These constrained bounds have comparable accuracy but dramatically reduced computational cost. Using stochastic gradient updates based on our variational bounds, we learn noisy-OR Bayesian networks orders of magnitude faster than was possible with prior Monte Carlo learning algorithms, and provide a new tool for understanding large-scale binary data. 
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