PLANS: Robust Program Learning from Neurally Inferred Specifications

NeurIPS 2020

PLANS: Robust Program Learning from Neurally Inferred Specifications

Dec 06, 2020
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Recent years have seen the rise of statistical program learning based on neural models as an alternative to traditional rule-based systems for programming by example. Rule-based approaches offer correctness guarantees in an unsupervised way as they inherently capture logical rules, while neural models are more realistically scalable to raw, high-dimensional input, and provide resistance to noisy I/O specifications. We introduce PLANS (Program LeArning from Neurally inferred Specifications), a hybrid model for program synthesis from visual observations that gets the best of both worlds, relying on (i) a neural architecture trained to extract abstract, high-level information from each raw individual input (ii) a rule-based system using the extracted information as I/O specifications to synthesize a program capturing the different observations. In order to address the key challenge of making PLANS resistant to noise in the network's output, we introduce a filtering heuristic for I/O specifications based on selective classification techniques. We obtain state-of-the-art performance at program synthesis from diverse demonstration videos in the Karel and ViZDoom environments, while requiring no ground-truth program for training. We make our implementation available at github.com/rdang-nhu/PLANS. Speakers: Raphaël Dang-Nhu

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