Piecewise Linear Neural Networks verification: A comparative study


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  • Abstract: The success of Deep Learning and its potential use in many important safety- critical applications has motivated research on formal verification of Neural Net- work (NN) models. Despite the reputation of learned NN models to behave as black boxes and theoretical hardness results of the problem of proving their prop- erties, researchers have been successful in verifying some classes of models by exploiting their piecewise linear structure. Unfortunately, most of these works test their algorithms on their own models and do not offer any comparison with other approaches. As a result, the advantages and downsides of the different al- gorithms are not well understood. Motivated by the need of accelerating progress in this very important area, we investigate the trade-offs of a number of different approaches based on Mixed Integer Programming, Satisfiability Modulo Theory, as well as a novel method based on the Branch-and-Bound framework. We also propose a new data set of benchmarks, in addition to a collection of previously released testcases that can be used to compare existing methods. Our analysis not only allowed a comparison to be made between different strategies, the compar- ision of results from different solvers also revealed implementation bugs in pub- lished methods. We expect that the availability of our benchmark and the analysis of the different approaches will allow researchers to invent and evaluate promising approaches for making progress on this important topic.
  • Keywords: Verification, SMT solver, Mixed Integer Programming, Neural Networks