# Is the following statement about neural networks overclaimed?

Is the following statement about neural networks overclaimed?

Neural networks are iterative methods that minimize a loss function defined on the output layer of neurons.

I wrote this statement in the Introduction section of a conference paper. Reviewer got back to me saying that, "this statement is over claimed without proper citations". How is this statement over claimed? Is it not obvious that neural networks are iterative methods that try to minimize a cost function?

• Hi and welcome to AI SE! Can you ask a question that can be asked more objectively? It's difficult to objectively answer the current question. Furthermore, note that I've changed the title of this post to be equal to the question in the body. Please, clarify what is your real question. – nbro Feb 3 at 22:19