Gen - Julia-based probabilistic programming language

came across this while doing a Google search for PPLs - anyone heard of this? it was presented at the 2019 ACM SIGPLAN (programming languages) conference -


I just learned about Gen because I got an email alert about PROBPROG 2020 ( and I fell into a PPL rabbit hole. The press release version sounds insane to me (it does all the things! automagically!) and seems geared towards a more traditional ML audience. They do have some tutorials that are more reasonable (, and I like the general idea of compositional inference (waiting for someone to descend and tell me why it’s a horrible idea…). I am personally going to wait until they have more detailed case studies closer to how I would use it— it’s too new for me to evaluate easily without spending a ton of time.