Improving Coherence and Consistency in Neural Sequence Models with Dual-System, Neuro-Symbolic Reasoning
Human reasoning can often be understood as an interplay between two systems: the intuitive and associative (“System 1”) and the deliberative and logical (“System 2”). Neural sequence models—which have been increasingly successful at performing complex, structured tasks—exhibit the advantages and failure modes of System 1: they are fast and learn patterns from data, but are often inconsistent and incoherent. In this work, we seek a lightweight, training-free means of improving existing System 1-like sequence models by adding System 2-inspired logical reasoning. We explore several variations on this theme in which candidate generations from a neural sequence model are examined for logical consistency by a symbolic reasoning module, which can either accept or reject the generations. Our approach uses neural inference to mediate between the neural System 1 and the logical System 2. Results in robust story generation and grounded instruction-following show that this approach can increase the coherence and accuracy of neurally-based generations.