18. September 2023
Wir begrüßen am Montag, 18.09.2023, um 17:15 Uhr Prof. Prem Devanbu von der UC Davis, Computer Science, mit einem Vortrag zum Thema "Naturalness & Bimodality of Code".
Prof. Prem Devanbu, PhD
UC Davis Computer Science
When: Mo, 18.09.2023, at 17:15
Where: Konrad-Zuse-Hörsaal (Room B-201), Informatikum
Naturalness & Bimodality of Code
Abstract: After discovering, back in 2011, that Language Models are useful for modeling repetitive patterns in source code (c.f. The “Naturalness” of software), and exploring some applications thereof, more recently (since about 2019) our group at UC Davis has focused on the observation that Software, as usually written, is bimodal, admitting both the well-known formal, deterministic semantics (mostly for machines) and probabilistic, noisy semantics (for humans). This bimodality property affords both new approaches to software tool construction (using machine-learning) and new ways of studying human code reading. In this talk, I'll give an overview of the Naturalness/Bimodality program, and some recent work we have done on the quality of code produced by large language models, and also on “bimodal prompting”.