I just "finished" my first AI program. I programmed in Excel VBA, and I think it works well. I was checking every formula and the whole algorithm several times to make sure every formula is correct.

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This picture is basically when the ANN is learning. The loss function is the mean squared error

$$E = \sum_{i=0}^n \left(\hat{y}_i - y_i \right) ^2$$

If I change the learning speed $$w^* = w - \eta * \frac{\delta E}{\delta weight},$$ then, at some point, the cost function behaves really weirdly, and eventually explodes in either negative or positive direction.

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Do you guys know why that might happen? I was expecting the error curve to go closer to 0 at every iteration. I changed the learning rate from the first picture to the second one from 0.0005 to 0.001.

Why should the derivative suddenly go in the other direction?

I just have 2 real-valued inputs $I_1$ and $I_2$ and one output being just $\frac{3 I_1 + 5 I_2}{2}$, which should not be a problem for an ANN with 3 layers, with 8 neurons each. Right? Every neuron has leaky ReLU activation function, so at all times there are fix values for the derivation.


I found out that this is an issue due to high weights. So, I made the check whether $\frac{\delta E}{\delta weight} > 1$. If that is the case because of big weights $\frac{\delta E}{\delta weight}$ is set to 1 (vice versa for -1).

The result is following picture:

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I don't know where that does come from. At least it did not explode. Do you have some problem like this or some guess on what it may be?

  • $\begingroup$ I edited your post to put what I think is your main question in the title. Make sure that your post is still consistent with what you were asking. $\endgroup$
    – nbro
    Mar 9 at 10:30

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