Neuron activation functions

The second function of the neuron is the activation function, which is tasked with introducing a nonlinearity between neurons. A commonly used activation is the sigmoid activation, which you may be familiar with from logistic regression. It squeezes the output of the neuron into an output space where very large values of z are driven to 1 and very small values of z are driven to 0.

The sigmoid function looks like this:

It turns out that the activation function is very important for intermediate neurons. Without ...

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