The success of Deep Learning and its potential use in many important safety- critical applications has motivated research on formal verification of Neural Network (NN) models. Despite the reputation of learned NN models to behave as black boxes and the theoretical hardness of proving their properties, researchers have been successful in verifying some classes of models by exploiting their piecewise linear structure. Unfortunately, most of these approaches test their algorithms without comparison with other approaches. As a result, the pros and cons of the different algorithms are not well understood. Motivated by the need to accelerate progress in this very important area, we investigate the trade-offs of a number of different approaches based on Mixed Integer Programming, Satisfiability Modulo Theory, as well as a novel method based on the Branch-and-Bound framework. We also propose a new data set of benchmarks, in addition to a collection of pre- viously released testcases that can be used to compare existing methods. Our analysis not only allows a comparison to be made between different strategies, the comparison of results from different solvers also revealed implementation bugs in published methods. We expect that the availability of our benchmark and the analysis of the different approaches will allow researchers to develop and evaluate promising approaches for making progress on this important topic. Piecewise Linear Neural Network verification: A comparative study

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