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A Computational Model for TensorFlow (An Introduction)

1st ACM SIGPLAN Workshop on Machine Learning and Programming Languages (MAPL 2017) (2017)

Abstract

TensorFlow is a powerful, programmable system for machine learning. This paper aims to provide the basics of a conceptual framework for understanding the behavior of TensorFlow models during training and inference: it describes an operational semantics, of the kind common in the literature on programming languages. More broadly, the paper suggests that a programming-language perspective is fruitful in designing and in explaining systems such as TensorFlow.

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