ODEFormer: Symbolic Regression of Dynamical Systems with Transformers

Published: 16 Jan 2024, Last Modified: 15 Mar 2024ICLR 2024 spotlightEveryoneRevisionsBibTeX
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Keywords: symbolic regression, dynamical systems, differential equations, transformer
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TL;DR: We introduce ODEFormer, a transformer model able of inferring dynamical systems in symbolic form from observational data with state-of-the-art performance.
Abstract: We introduce ODEFormer, the first transformer able to infer multidimensional ordinary differential equation (ODE) systems in symbolic form from the observation of a single solution trajectory. We perform extensive evaluations on two datasets: (i) the existing ‘Strogatz’ dataset featuring two-dimensional systems; (ii) ODEBench, a collection of one- to four-dimensional systems that we carefully curated from the literature to provide a more holistic benchmark. ODEFormer consistently outperforms existing methods while displaying substantially improved robustness to noisy and irregularly sampled observations, as well as faster inference. We release our code, model and benchmark at https://github.com/sdascoli/odeformer.
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Primary Area: general machine learning (i.e., none of the above)
Submission Number: 2511