Adaptive back-propagation in on-line learning of multilayer networks

Ansgar H L West, David Saad

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An adaptive back-propagation algorithm is studied and compared with gradient descent (standard back-propagation) for on-line learning in two-layer neural networks with an arbitrary number of hidden units. Within a statistical mechanics framework, both numerical studies and a rigorous analysis show that the adaptive back-propagation method results in faster training by breaking the symmetry between hidden units more efficiently and by providing faster convergence to optimal generalization than gradient descent.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the neural information processing systems
EditorsDavid S Touretzky, Michael C Mozer, Michael E. Hasselmo
Place of PublicationBoston
ISBN (Print)0262201070
Publication statusPublished - 1996
EventNeural Information Processing Systems 95 -
Duration: 1 Jan 19961 Jan 1996


ConferenceNeural Information Processing Systems 95

Bibliographical note

Copyright of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press (MIT Press)


  • adaptive back-propagation
  • algorithm
  • gradient descent
  • neural networks
  • statistical


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