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Neural Computation

June 1, 2000, Vol. 12, No. 6, Pages 1429-1447
(doi: 10.1162/089976600300015448)
© 2000 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Efficient Block Training of Multilayer Perceptrons
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Abstract

The attractive possibility of applying layerwise block training algorithms to multilayer perceptrons MLP, which offers initial advantages in computational effort, is refined in this article by means of introducing a sensitivity correction factor in the formulation. This results in a clear performance advantage, which we verify in several applications. The reasons for this advantage are discussed and related to implicit relations with second-order techniques, natural gradient formulations through Fisher's information matrix, and sample selection. Extensions to recurrent networks and other research lines are suggested at the close of the article.