@MISC{Abdi94aneural, author = {Hervé Abdi}, title = {A Neural Network Primer}, year = {1994} }

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Abstract

Neural networks are composed of basic units somewhat analogous to neurons. These units are linked to each other by connections whose strength is modifiable as a result of a learning process or algorithm. Each of these units integrates independently (in parallel) the information provided by its synapses in order to evaluate its state of activation. The unit response is then a linear or nonlinear function of its activation. Linear algebra concepts are used, in general, to analyze linear units, with eigenvectors and eigenvalues being the core concepts involved. This analysis makes clear the strong similarity between linear neural networks and the general linear model developed by statisticians. The linear models presented here are the perceptron, and the linear associator. The behavior of nonlinear networks can be described within the framework of optimization and approximation techniques with dynamical systems (e.g., like those used to model spin glasses). One of the main notio...