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

Published: 21 Oct 2022, Last Modified: 22 Oct 2023DLDE 2022 PosterReaders: Everyone
Keywords: Neural ODE, Adaptive step size, Fehlberg, Lorenz, dynamical system.
TL;DR: Training Neural ODE with a black-box solver hinders the benefit of step size adaptation,try Felhberg's training instead.
Abstract: 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 the complexity 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 taking the 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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