I'm currently trying to predict 1 output value with 52 input values. The problem is that I only have around 100 rows of data that I can use.

Will I get more accurate results when I use a small architecture than when I use multiple layers with a higher amount of neurons?

Right now, I use 1 hidden layer with 1 neuron, because of the fact that I need to solve (in my opinion) a basic regression problem.


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I'm not aware of a direct way for finding the best NN architecture for a given task, but the recommended way, as far as I know, is to devise a network that can overfit the training data, and then apply regularization on top of it.

That way, you can be almost sure you're not underfitting/underperforming due to network capacity.


It's harder to overfit it certainly!

I mean practically speaking there has to be some assumptions on the generation model of your data, either explicit or implicit.

I would try probably 1-2 layer network first(maybe your data is linearly separable if you're lucky).


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