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Vertically Federated Graph Neural Network for Privacy-Preserving Node Classification

Chaochao Chen*

Longfei Zheng*

Huiwen Wu*

Lingjuan Lyu

Jun Zhou*

Jia Wu*

Bingzhe Wu*

Ziqi Liu*

Li Wang*

Xiaolin Zheng*

* External authors

IJCAI 2022



Graph Neural Network (GNN) has achieved remarkable progresses in various real-world tasks on graph data. High-performance GNN models always depend on both rich features and complete edge information in graph. However, such information could possibly be isolated by different data holders in practice, which is the so-called data isolation problem. To solve this problem, in this paper, we propose Vertically Federated Graph Neural Network (VFGNN), a federated GNN learning paradigm for privacy-preserving node classification task under data vertically partitioned setting, which can be generalized to existing GNN models. Specifically, we split the computation graph into two parts. We leave the private data (i.e., features, edges, and labels) related computations on data holders, and delegate the rest of computations to a semi-honest server. We also propose to apply differential privacy to prevent potential information leakage from the server. We conduct experiments on three benchmarks and the results demonstrate the effectiveness of VFGNN.

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