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Machine Learning For Dummies by Luca Massaron, John Paul Mueller

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Chapter 16

Hitting Complexity with Neural Networks

IN THIS CHAPTER

Upgrading the perceptron to the interconnection paradigm

Structuring neural architectures made of nodes and connections

Getting a glimpse of the backpropagation algorithm

Understanding what deep learning is and what it can achieve

As you journey in the world of machine learning, you often see metaphors from the natural world to explain the details of algorithms. This chapter presents a family of learning algorithms that directly derives inspiration from how the brain works. They are neural networks, the core algorithms of the connectionists’ tribe.

Starting with the idea of reverse-engineering how a brain processes signals, the connectionists base neural networks on biological analogies and their components, using brain terms such as neurons and axons as names. However, you’ll discover that neural networks resemble nothing more than a sophisticated kind of linear regression when you check their math formulations. Yet, these algorithms are extraordinarily effective against complex problems such as image and sound recognition, or machine language translation. They also execute quickly when predicting.

Well-devised neural networks use the name deep learning and are behind such power tools as Siri and other digital assistants. They are behind the more astonishing machine learning applications as well. For instance, you see them at work in this incredible demonstration by Microsoft CEO Rick Rashid, who is speaking ...

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