# Questions tagged [activation-function]

For questions related to the selection of and theory behind specific activation functions used in artificial networks.

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### Is the cube root function suitable as a n activation function?

I am trying to design a neural network on Python. Instead of the sigmoid function which has a limited range, I am thinking of using the cube root function which has the following graph: Is this ...
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### Should the input to the negative log likelihood loss function be probabilities?

I am trying to train a supervised model where the output from the model is output of a linear function $WX + b$. Kindly note that I'm not using any softmax or $\log$ softmax on the result of the ...
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### Why do non-linear activation functions not require a specific non-linear relation between its inputs and outputs?

A linear activation function (or none at all) should only be used when the relation between input and output is linear. Why doesn't the same rule apply for other activation functions? For example, why ...
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### Target values of 0.1 for 0 and 0.9 for 1 for sigmoid

I recently read an article about neural networks saying that, when using sigmoid as activation function, it's advised to use 0.1 as target value instead of 0, and 0.9 instead of 1. This was to avoid "...
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### What makes multi-layer neural networks able to perform nonlinear operations?

As I know, a single layer neural network can only do linear operations, but multilayered ones can. Also, I recently learned that finite matrices/tensors, which are used in many neural networks, can ...
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### What does it mean for a neuron in a neural network to be activated?

I just stumbled upon the concept of neuron coverage, which is the ratio of activated neurons and total neurons in a neural network. But what does it mean for a neuron to be "activated"? I know what ...
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### What are the advantages of ReLU vs Leaky ReLU and Parametric ReLU (if any)?

I think that the advantage of using Leaky ReLU instead of ReLU is that in this way we cannot have vanishing gradient. Parametric ReLU has the same advantage with the only difference that the slope of ...
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### How to choose an activation function?

I choose the activation function for the output layer depending on the output that I need and the properties of the activation function that I know. For example, I choose the sigmoid function when I'm ...
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### Which functions can be activation functions?

What are the required characteristics of an activation function (in a neural network)? Which functions can be activation functions? For example, which of the functions below can be used as an ...
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### Why do we prefer ReLU over linear activation functions?

The ReLU activation function is defined as follows $$y = \operatorname{max}(0,x)$$ And the linear activation function is defined as follows $$y = x$$ The ReLU nonlinearity just clips the values ...
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### ANNs with multiple activation outputs

Interested to know if there was any use or interest in activation functions with more than one output value to the next column instead of single firing. I'm interested to know if this would have any ...
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### What is the purpose of an activation function in neural networks?

It is said that activation functions in neural networks help introduce non-linearity. What does this mean? What does non-linearity mean in this context? How does the introduction of this non-...