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Exploring Neural Networks with C#

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Introduction to Natural and Artificial Neural Networks Why Learn about Neural Networks? From Brain Research to Artificial Neural Networks Construction of First Neural Networks Layered Construction of Neural Network From Biological Brain to First Artificial Neural Network Current Brain Research Methods Using Neural Networks to Study the Human Mind Simplification of Neural Networks: Comparison with Biological Networks Main Advantages of Neural Networks Neural Networks as Replacements for Traditional Computers Working with Neural Networks References Neural Net Structure Building Neural Nets Constructing Artificial Neurons Attempts to Model Biological Neurons How Artificial Neural Networks Work Impact of Neural Network Structure on Capabilities Choosing Neural Network Structures Wisely "Feeding" Neural Networks: Input Layers Nature of Data: The Home of the Cow Interpreting Answers Generated by Networks: Output Layers Preferred Result: Number or Decision? Network Choices: One Network with Multiple Outputs versus Multiple Networks with Single Outputs Hidden Layers Determining Numbers of Neurons References Questions and Self-Study Tasks Teaching Networks Network Tutoring Self-Learning Methods of Gathering Information Organizing Network Learning Learning Failures Use of Momentum Duration of Learning Process Teaching Hidden Layers Learning without Teachers Cautions Surrounding Self-Learning Questions and Self-Study Tasks Functioning of Simplest Networks From Theory to Practice: Using Neural Networks Capacity of Single Neuron Experimental Observations Managing More Inputs Network Functioning Construction of Simple Linear Neural Network Use of Network Rivalry in Neural Networks Additional Applications Questions and Self-Study Tasks Teaching Simple Linear One-Layer Neural Networks Building Teaching File Teaching One Neuron "Inborn" Abilities of Neurons Cautions Teaching Simple Networks Potential Uses for Simple Neural Networks Teaching Networks to Filter Signals Questions and Self-Study Tasks Nonlinear Networks Advantages of Nonlinearity Functioning of Nonlinear Neurons Teaching Nonlinear Networks Demonstrating Actions of Nonlinear Neurons Capabilities of Multilayer Networks of Nonlinear Neurons Nonlinear Neuron Learning Sequence Experimentation during Learning Phase Questions and Self-Study Tasks Backpropagation Definition Changing Thresholds of Nonlinear Characteristics Shapes of Nonlinear Characteristics Functioning of Multilayer Network Constructed of Nonlinear Elements Teaching Multilayer Networks Observations during Teaching Reviewing Teaching Results Questions and Self-Study Tasks Forms of Neural Network Learning Using Multilayer Neural Networks for Recognition Implementing a Simple Neural Network for Recognition Selecting Network Structure for Experiments Preparing Recognition Tasks Observation of Learning Additional Observations Questions and Self-Study Tasks Self-Learning Neural Networks Basic Concepts Observation of Learning Processes Evaluating Progress of Self-Teaching Neuron Responses to Self-Teaching Imagination and Improvisation Remembering and Forgetting Self-Learning Triggers Benefits from Competition Results of Self-Learning with Competition Questions and Self-Study Tasks Self-Organizing Neural Networks Structure of Neural Network to Create Mappings Resulting from Self-Organizing Uses of Self-Organization Implementing Neighborhood in Networks Neighbor Neurons Uses of Kohonen Networks Kohonen Network Handling of Difficult Data Networks with Excessively Wide Ranges of Initial Weights Changing Self-Organization via Self-Learning Practical Uses of Kohonen Networks Tool for Transformation of Input Space Dimensions Questions and Self-Study Tasks Recurrent Networks Description of Recurrent Neural Network Features of Networks with Feedback Benefits of Associative Memory Construction of Hopfield Network Functioning of Neural Network as Associative Memory Program for Examining Hopfield Network Operations Interesting Examples Automatic Pattern Generation for Hopfield Network Studies of Associative Memory Other Observations of Associative Memory Questions and Self-Study Tasks Index


This book offers a real-life experimentation environment to readers. Moreover, it permits direct and personal exploration of neural learning and modeling. The companion software to this book is a collection of online programs that facilitate such exploratory methods and systematic self-discovery of neural networks. The programs are available in two forms-as executable applications ready for immediate use as described in the book or as source codes in C#. ... As past president of IEEE's Computational Intelligence Society with over 6,000 members and the editor-in-chief of IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks, I am very interested in the success of neural network technology. I, therefore, highly recommend this book to all who want to learn neurocomputing techniques for their unique and practical educational value. -Dr. Jacek M. Zurada, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Louisville, Kentucky

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