Oral
Learning Neurosymbolic Generative Models via Program Synthesis
Halley R Young · Osbert Bastani · Mayur Naik

Wed Jun 12th 05:15 -- 05:20 PM @ Hall B

Significant strides have been made toward designing better generative models in recent years. Despite this progress, however, state-of-the-art approaches are still largely unable to capture complex global structure in data. For example, images of buildings typically contain spatial patterns such as windows repeating at regular intervals; state-of-the-art generative methods can't easily reproduce these structures. We propose to address this problem by incorporating programs representing global structure into the generative model---e.g., a 2D for-loop may represent a configuration of windows. Furthermore, we propose a framework for learning these models by leveraging program synthesis to generate training data. On both synthetic and real-world data, we demonstrate that our approach is substantially better than the state-of-the-art at both generating and completing images that contain global structure.

Author Information

Halley R Young (University of Pennsylvania)

I am a second-year PhD student at University of Pennsylvania. I work in the programming languages group under the guidance of Mayur Naik. My research interests include the intersection of deep learning with programming languages, generative models of visual and musical programs, and computer science and the arts.

Osbert Bastani (University of Pennsylvania)
Mayur Naik (University of Pennsylvania)

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