Differentiable Programs with Neural Libraries


Alexander L. Gaunt, Marc Brockschmidt, Nate Kushman, Daniel Tarlow ;
Proceedings of the 34th International Conference on Machine Learning, PMLR 70:1213-1222, 2017.


We develop a framework for combining differentiable programming languages with neural networks. Using this framework we create end-to-end trainable systems that learn to write interpretable algorithms with perceptual components. We explore the benefits of inductive biases for strong generalization and modularity that come from the program-like structure of our models. In particular, modularity allows us to learn a library of (neural) functions which grows and improves as more tasks are solved. Empirically, we show that this leads to lifelong learning systems that transfer knowledge to new tasks more effectively than baselines.

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