NeurIPS 2020

Program Synthesis with Pragmatic Communication

Meta Review

This paper studies the problem of programming by example via the lens of rational communication: how can we synthesize programs assuming humans are providing examples in a rational communcation framework? There are some significant weaknesses in the computational aspects of the paper, where it depends on explicit enumeration that limits its scalability. Having said that, reviewers (and AC) are in agreement that this is an interesting new idea that is worth publishing. I agree with R4's updated assessment that "Upon reflection, I think that encouraging work that take into account the human factor in synthesis could be a positive for the NeurIPS community."