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Workshop: The Symbiosis of Deep Learning and Differential Equations II

Experimental study of Neural ODE training with adaptive solver for dynamical systems modeling

Alexandre Allauzen · Thiago Petrilli Maffei Dardis · Hannah De Oliveira Plath


Neural Ordinary Differential Equations (ODEs) was recently introduced as a new family of neural network models, which relies on black-box ODE solvers for inference and training. Some ODE solvers called adaptive can adapt their evaluation strategy depending on thecomplexity of the problem at hand, opening great perspectives in machine learning. However, this paper describes a simple set of experiments to show why adaptive solvers cannot be seamlessly leveraged as a black-box for dynamical systems modelling. By takingthe Lorenz'63 system as a showcase, we show that a naive application of the Fehlberg's method does not yield the expected results. Moreover, a simple workaround is proposed that assumes a tighter interaction between the solver and the training strategy.

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