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Optimal Brain Damage
 Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems
, 1990
"... We have used informationtheoretic ideas to derive a class of practical and nearly optimal schemes for adapting the size of a neural network. By removing unimportant weights from a network, several improvements can be expected: better generalization, fewer training examples required, and improve ..."
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We have used informationtheoretic ideas to derive a class of practical and nearly optimal schemes for adapting the size of a neural network. By removing unimportant weights from a network, several improvements can be expected: better generalization, fewer training examples required, and improved speed of learning and/or classification. The basic idea is to use secondderivative information to make a tradeoff between network complexity and training set error. Experiments confirm the usefulness of the methods on a realworld application. 1 INTRODUCTION Most successful applications of neural network learning to realworld problems have been achieved using highly structured networks of rather large size [for example (Waibel, 1989; LeCun et al., 1990)]. As applications become more complex, the networks will presumably become even larger and more structured. Design tools and techniques for comparing different architectures and minimizing the network size will be needed. More impor...
Handwritten Digit Recognition with a BackPropagation Network
 Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems
, 1990
"... We present an application of backpropagation networks to handwritten digit recognition. Minimal preprocessing of the data was required, but architecture of the network was highly constrained and specifically designed for the task. The input of the network consists of normalized images of isolated d ..."
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We present an application of backpropagation networks to handwritten digit recognition. Minimal preprocessing of the data was required, but architecture of the network was highly constrained and specifically designed for the task. The input of the network consists of normalized images of isolated digits. The method has 1% error rate and about a 9% reject rate on zipcode digits provided by the U.S. Postal Service. 1 INTRODUCTION The main point of this paper is to show that large backpropagation (BP) networks can be applied to real imagerecognition problems without a large, complex preprocessing stage requiring detailed engineering. Unlike most previous work on the subject (Denker et al., 1989), the learning network is directly fed with images, rather than feature vectors, thus demonstrating the ability of BP networks to deal with large amounts of low level information. Previous work performed on simple digit images (Le Cun, 1989) showed that the architecture of the network strongly...
Task Decomposition Through Competition in a Modular Connectionist Architecture
 COGNITIVE SCIENCE
, 1990
"... A novel modular connectionist architecture is presented in which the networks composing the architecture compete to learn the training patterns. As a result of the competition, different networks learn different training patterns and, thus, learn to compute different functions. The architecture pe ..."
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A novel modular connectionist architecture is presented in which the networks composing the architecture compete to learn the training patterns. As a result of the competition, different networks learn different training patterns and, thus, learn to compute different functions. The architecture performs task decomposition in the sense that it learns to partition a task into two or more functionally independent vii tasks and allocates distinct networks to learn each task. In addition, the architecture tends to allocate to each task the network whose topology is most appropriate to that task, and tends to allocate the same network to similar tasks and distinct networks to dissimilar tasks. Furthermore, it can be easily modified so as to...
Face Recognition: A Convolutional Neural Network Approach
 IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks
, 1997
"... Faces represent complex, multidimensional, meaningful visual stimuli and developing a computational model for face recognition is difficult [43]. We present a hybrid neural network solution which compares favorably with other methods. The system combines local image sampling, a selforganizing map n ..."
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Faces represent complex, multidimensional, meaningful visual stimuli and developing a computational model for face recognition is difficult [43]. We present a hybrid neural network solution which compares favorably with other methods. The system combines local image sampling, a selforganizing map neural network, and a convolutional neural network. The selforganizing map provides a quantization of the image samples into a topological space where inputs that are nearby in the original space are also nearby in the output space, thereby providing dimensionality reduction and invariance to minor changes in the image sample, and the convolutional neural network provides for partial invariance to translation, rotation, scale, and deformation. The convolutional network extracts successively larger features in a hierarchical set of layers. We present results using the KarhunenLoeve transform in place of the selforganizing map, and a multilayer perceptron in place of the convolutional netwo...
First and SecondOrder Methods for Learning: between Steepest Descent and Newton's Method
 Neural Computation
, 1992
"... Online first order backpropagation is sufficiently fast and effective for many largescale classification problems but for very high precision mappings, batch processing may be the method of choice. This paper reviews first and secondorder optimization methods for learning in feedforward neura ..."
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Online first order backpropagation is sufficiently fast and effective for many largescale classification problems but for very high precision mappings, batch processing may be the method of choice. This paper reviews first and secondorder optimization methods for learning in feedforward neural networks. The viewpoint is that of optimization: many methods can be cast in the language of optimization techniques, allowing the transfer to neural nets of detailed results about computational complexity and safety procedures to ensure convergence and to avoid numerical problems. The review is not intended to deliver detailed prescriptions for the most appropriate methods in specific applications, but to illustrate the main characteristics of the different methods and their mutual relations.
Transformation Invariance in Pattern Recognition  Tangent Distance and Tangent Propagation
 Lecture Notes in Computer Science
, 1998
"... . In pattern recognition, statistical modeling, or regression, the amount of data is a critical factor affecting the performance. If the amount of data and computational resources are unlimited, even trivial algorithms will converge to the optimal solution. However, in the practical case, given ..."
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. In pattern recognition, statistical modeling, or regression, the amount of data is a critical factor affecting the performance. If the amount of data and computational resources are unlimited, even trivial algorithms will converge to the optimal solution. However, in the practical case, given limited data and other resources, satisfactory performance requires sophisticated methods to regularize the problem by introducing a priori knowledge. Invariance of the output with respect to certain transformations of the input is a typical example of such a priori knowledge. In this chapter, we introduce the concept of tangent vectors, which compactly represent the essence of these transformation invariances, and two classes of algorithms, "tangent distance" and "tangent propagation", which make use of these invariances to improve performance. 1 Introduction Pattern Recognition is one of the main tasks of biological information processing systems, and a major challenge of compute...
Efficient BackProp
, 1998
"... . The convergence of backpropagation learning is analyzed so as to explain common phenomenon observed by practitioners. Many undesirable behaviors of backprop can be avoided with tricks that are rarely exposed in serious technical publications. This paper gives some of those tricks, and offers expl ..."
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. The convergence of backpropagation learning is analyzed so as to explain common phenomenon observed by practitioners. Many undesirable behaviors of backprop can be avoided with tricks that are rarely exposed in serious technical publications. This paper gives some of those tricks, and offers explanations of why they work. Many authors have suggested that secondorder optimization methods are advantageous for neural net training. It is shown that most "classical" secondorder methods are impractical for large neural networks. A few methods are proposed that do not have these limitations. 1 Introduction Backpropagation is a very popular neural network learning algorithm because it is conceptually simple, computationally efficient, and because it often works. However, getting it to work well, and sometimes to work at all, can seem more of an art than a science. Designing and training a network using backprop requires making many seemingly arbitrary choices such as the number ...
Convolutional Networks for Images, Speech, and TimeSeries
, 1995
"... INTRODUCTION The ability of multilayer backpropagation networks to learn complex, highdimensional, nonlinear mappings from large collections of examples makes them obvious candidates for image recognition or speech recognition tasks (see PATTERN RECOGNITION AND NEURAL NETWORKS). In the traditional ..."
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INTRODUCTION The ability of multilayer backpropagation networks to learn complex, highdimensional, nonlinear mappings from large collections of examples makes them obvious candidates for image recognition or speech recognition tasks (see PATTERN RECOGNITION AND NEURAL NETWORKS). In the traditional model of pattern recognition, a handdesigned feature extractor gathers relevant information from the input and eliminates irrelevant variabilities. A trainable classifier then categorizes the resulting feature vectors (or strings of symbols) into classes. In this scheme, standard, fullyconnected multilayer networks can be used as classifiers. A potentially more interesting scheme is to eliminate the feature extractor, feeding the network with "raw" inputs (e.g. normalized images), and to rely on backpropagation to turn the first few layers into an appropriate feature extractor. While this can be done with an ordinary fully connected feedforward network with some success for tasks
Time Series Prediction by Using a Connectionist Network with Internal Delay Lines
 Time Series Prediction
, 1994
"... A neural network architecture, which models synapses as Finite Impulse Response (FIR) linear filters, is discussed for use in time series prediction. Analysis and methodology are detailed in the context of the Santa Fe Institute Time Series Prediction Competition. Results of the competition show tha ..."
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A neural network architecture, which models synapses as Finite Impulse Response (FIR) linear filters, is discussed for use in time series prediction. Analysis and methodology are detailed in the context of the Santa Fe Institute Time Series Prediction Competition. Results of the competition show that the FIR network performed remarkably well on a chaotic laser intensity time series. 1 Introduction The goal of time series prediction or forecasting can be stated succinctly as follows: given a sequence y(1); y(2); : : : y(N) up to time N , find the continuation y(N + 1); y(N + 2)::: The series may arise from the sampling of a continuous time system, and be either stochastic or deterministic in origin. The standard prediction approach involves constructing an underlying model which gives rise to the observed sequence. In the oldest and most studied method, which dates back to Yule [1], a linear autoregression (AR) is fit to the data: y(k) = T X n=1 a(n)y(k \Gamma n) + e(k) = y(k) + ...
OnLine Cursive Script Recognition using Time Delay Neural Networks and Hidden Markov Models
"... We present a writer independent system for online handwriting recognition which can handle a variety of writing styles including cursive script and handprint. The input to our system contains the pen trajectory information, encoded as a timeordered sequence of feature vectors. A Time Delay Neural ..."
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We present a writer independent system for online handwriting recognition which can handle a variety of writing styles including cursive script and handprint. The input to our system contains the pen trajectory information, encoded as a timeordered sequence of feature vectors. A Time Delay Neural Network is used to estimate a posteriori probabilities for characters in a word. A Hidden Markov Model segments the word in a way which optimizes the global word score, taking a dictionary into account. A geometrical normalization scheme and a fast but efficient dictionary search are also presented. Trained on 20k words from 59 writers, using a 25k word dictionary we reached a 89% character and 80% word recognition rate on test data from a disjoint set of writers. Keywords: Handwriting Recognition, Neural Networks, Cursive Script, Hidden Markov Models, Dictionary Search. 1 Introduction Pen interfaces should replace advantageously both mouse and keyboard in a variety of situations. Users w...