Curvature-driven smoothing: a learning algorithm for feed-forward networks

Christopher M. Bishop

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    The performance of feed-forward neural networks in real applications can be often be improved significantly if use is made of a-priori information. For interpolation problems this prior knowledge frequently includes smoothness requirements on the network mapping, and can be imposed by the addition to the error function of suitable regularization terms. The new error function, however, now depends on the derivatives of the network mapping, and so the standard back-propagation algorithm cannot be applied. In this paper, we derive a computationally efficient learning algorithm, for a feed-forward network of arbitrary topology, which can be used to minimize the new error function. Networks having a single hidden layer, for which the learning algorithm simplifies, are treated as a special case.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)882-884
    Number of pages3
    JournalIEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - Sept 1993

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    • feed-forward neural networks
    • real applications
    • a-priori information
    • interpolation
    • network mapping
    • error
    • back-propagation
    • algorithm
    • arbitrary topology


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