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Friday, September 23, 2016

Inspired by the Architecture of Neural Networks

Why does machine learning work?    And I would add, what does 'work' mean?

A look into the mysterious world of neural nets, which are not new, we used them for practical, though simpler applications, decades ago.    We should be reminded that the computational neural nets in use are inspired by the networks in our brains, but are also very different.  Is architectural inspiration enough?    As we expand their use, for what kinds of problems are they best used?

In Quanta Magazine: 
Big Data’s Mathematical Mysteries
Machine learning works spectacularly well, but mathematicians aren’t quite sure why. ... 

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