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Hands-On Machine Learning with C# by Matt R. Cole

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Microbenchmarking and Activation Functions

In this chapter we are going to learn the following:

  • What microbenchmarking is
  • How to apply it to your code
  • What activation functions are
  • How to plot and benchmark activation functions

Every developer needs to have a good benchmarking tool at their disposal. Qualitative benchmarks are everywhere; you hear everyday, We decreased this by 10% and increased that by 25%. Remember the old adage, When you hear a number thrown out, 98.4 percent of the time that number is false? By the way, I just made up that number as well. When you hear a quote like that, ask that person to prove it and what do you get? Task manager perhaps? As data scientists, we don't need qualitative results; we need quantitative ...

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