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Neural Networks: Introduction
Being hailed as a new high-demand area, I decided to re-skill myself to as great a depth as possible in Neural Network technology. These are the design notes for my generic multi-layer perceptron program. Their purpose is to show my interest and involvement with neural networks.
On 24 June 1993 I attended the Software Developers' Conference in Wembley as usual. There I learned of a new initiative by the DTI [Department of Trade and Industry] to promote the adoption by British industry and commerce of a newly resurrected area of computer software called neural networks. I registered with the DTI as an interested party and received an information pack from them on 18 October 1993.
I ordered a book on neural computing, which I received and started studying on November 15 1993. I have studied one form of neural network called a multi-layer perceptron to a depth far beyond the scope of the book. As part of this study I have revised all the necessary mathematics. I have also written and exercised a piece of software that simulates a multi-layer perceptron.
I attended a neural network workshop the following February and I am currently (1997) continuing with this re-skilling hoping that demand for expertise in this new area will outweigh the age prejudice that dominates other areas of the industry.
In these notes, to get the most realistic results on HTML browsers, the Icelandic ð 'eth' has been used to denote the partial differential operator. Greek letters are spelt out in full, eg epsilon, neta.
© December 1997 Robert John Morton