CMSA New Technologies in Mathematics Seminar: Transformers for maths, and maths for transformers


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September 27, 2023 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
CMSA, 20 Garden St, G10
Address: 20 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

François Charton - Meta AI

Transformers can be trained to solve problems of mathematics. I present two recent applications, in mathematics and physics: predicting integer sequences, and discovering the properties of scattering amplitudes in a close relative of Quantum ChromoDynamics.
Problems of mathematics can also help understand transformers. Using two examples from linear algebra and integer arithmetic, I show that model predictions can be explained, that trained models do not confabulate, and that carefully choosing the training distributions can help achieve better, and more robust, performance.

This seminar will be held in person and on Zoom: