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For questions about the back-propagation (aka "backprop", and often abbreviated as "BP") algorithm, which is used to compute the gradient of the objective function (e.g. the mean squared error) with respect to the parameters (or weights) of the neural network, when trained with gradient descent.

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ReLU function converging to local optimum in one case and diverging in the other one

I implemented a simple neural network with 1 hidden layer. I used ReLU as activation function for the hidden layer and the output layer just uses the linear function. To check my implementation I ...
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How to create a neural network from a set of equations?

Say I have these equations: $$x_1 = x_2 + 2y_1 + b$$ $$x_2 = y_2 + c$$ $$y_1 = z + a$$ $$y_2 = y_3 + d$$ $$z = z_1 + e$$ $x_1$ depends on $x_2$ (depends on $y_2$ (depends on $y_3$)) and $y_1$ (depends ...
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Why doesn't anyone use reinforcement learning to find the best possible alternative to backpropagation?

To be clear, I'm very uninformed on the topic of alternative learning algorithms to backprop, all my knowledge comes from articles like these: lets-not-stop-at-backprop backprop-alternatives we-need-a-...
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What are the input and output gradients in PyTorch?

Suppose I want to train a neural network with $m-$length inputs of form $x = [x_1, x_2, x_3, \cdots, x_m]$ and $n-$length outputs of form $y = [y_1, y_2, y_3, \cdots, y_n]$. Let the number of ...
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when updating the bias matrix, do we get the total sum of dZ or the sum of the axis of dZ?

I'm currently studying how to implement a neural network from scratch to know how it works, I came across this article: https://www.samsonzhang.com/2020/11/24/understanding-the-math-behind-neural-...
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Does Keras or Tensorflow calculate backpropagation?

I am using tensorflow 2.1.0. Does Keras or Tensorflow calculate backpropagation? Where can I find the code for backpropagation in Keras and Tensorflow? Thanks, Jianqiao Huang
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What does “differentiable architecture” mean?

I'm currently reading a paper that uses CNN's as a base approach to solving some image classification issues and I've found that they kept mentioning the term "Differentiable Architecture", ...
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Can some of the weights be fixed during the training of a neural network?

Is it possible to exclude specific layers from the optimization? For example, let's say I have an input layer, 2 hidden layers, and the output layer. I know there is a perfect solution for my problem ...
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Backpropagation not working as expected

I'm new to neural networks and I try to make a model that is guessing if a point is below or above relative to a function output. The idea is inspired from this video https://youtu.be/DGxIcDjPzac . ...
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Gradient of Scalar objective cannot be efficiently calculated?

Suppose we generate the vector output $y$ from model $h(x, \theta)$, with input $x$ and parameters $\theta$. Reverse mode differentiation says that we can calculate the gradient \begin{align*} \...
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Are there any good references that describe the equations of the forward pass of Graph Neural Networks?

I am trying to program Graph Neural Network from scratch. Can the community please suggest a good reference/s to read about the equations of the forward pass in Graph Neural Networks, especially in ...
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Convolutional Layer Multichannel Backpropagation Implementation

I have been working on coding a CNN in python from scratch using numpy as a semester project and I think I have successfully implemented it up to backpropagation in the MaxPool Layers. However, my ...
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What is the correct formula for updating the weights in a 1-single hidden layer neural network?

I'm creating a neural network with 3 layers and no bias. On internet I saw that the expression for the derivative of the weights between the hidden layer and the output layer was: $$\Delta W_{j,k} = (...
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Backpropagation - what does rate of change calculated from the partial derivatives actually relate to?

I understand conceptually how backpropagation works according to the chain rule, and I understand that partial derivatives calculate the rate of change of a function containing multiple variables with ...
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Do $V_\theta$ and $V_s$ represent partial or total derivatives in the paper “Learning Continuous Control Policies by Stochastic Value Gradients”?

I was reading up on the Stochastic Value Gradients paper by Heess et al. In the paper, they describe a recursive process to calculate path-wise derivatives via equations (3) and (4), at the bottom of ...
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Is the bias also a “weight” in a neural network?

I'm learning about how neural networks are trained. I understand how a neuron works, backpropagation, and all that. In neurons, there is a clear distinction between a "weight" and a "...
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Why is the Backpropagation algorithm used to train the Multilayer Perceptron?

I've read on the book NND by Martin Hagan et al (chapter 11), that to train the feed-forward neural network: Multilayer Perceptron one uses the Backpropagation algorithm. Why this algorithm? Could ...
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Double DQN backpropagation of negative final rewards?

My problem is that in my Double DQN model, negative final rewards are not being backpropagated into action Q-values, and so some Q-values are positive, when they should be negative, and hence ...
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Backpropagation in REINFORCE algorithms with Categorical / Multinomial Distribution

From a paper by Williams, I know in general how to backpropagate log-probabilities of chosen actions when applying the REINFORCE weight update rule. However, I was wondering about a case not being ...
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How to improve a trained model over time (i.e. with more predictions)?

I built a model using the tutorial on the TensorFlow site. It was a simple image classification neural network. I trained it and saved the model and weights together on a ...
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In a convolutional neural network, how is the error delta propagated between convolutional layers?

I'm coding some stuff for CNNs, just relying on numpy (and scipy just for the convolution operation for pure performance reasons). I've coded a small network consisting of a convolutional layer with ...
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Are there relatively new research papers that describe how to make back-propagation more efficient?

I read Yann LeCun's paper Efficient BackProp, which was published in 2000. I looked for similar but more recent papers on Arxiv, but I have not yet found any. Are there relatively new research papers ...
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Why is it a problem if the outputs of an activation function are not zero-centered?

In this lecture, the professor says that one problem with the sigmoid function is that its outputs aren't zero-centered. Are the explanation provided by the professor regarding why this is bad is that ...
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Is vectorizing backpropagation feasible?

Does it make sense to have the backpropagation of a neural network layer happen all at once if the learning rate is lowered? This would mean the new weights of that layer would be independent of each ...
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In gradient descent's update rule, why do we use $\sigma(z^{l-1})\frac{\delta C_0}{ \delta w^{l}}$ instead of $\frac{\delta C_0}{\delta w^{l}}$?

I am trying to code a two layered neural network simple NN as I have described here https://itisexplained.com/html/NN/ml/5_codingneuralnetwork/ I am getting stuck on the last step of updating the ...
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How to update all the weights in case only one data out of n signals is observable

If we have cost function as $$E_i = (D_i -Y_i)^T Q (D_i -Y_i)$$, where $$Q=\begin{bmatrix} 1 & 0 & 0\\ 0 & 0 & 0\\ 0 & 0 & 0 \end{bmatrix}$$( in case only one data signal can ...
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Why is the error curve of a neural network trained with MSE to output $\frac{3 I_1 + 5 I_2}{2}$ given inputs $I_1$ and $I_2$ oscillating weirdly?

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 ...
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What are examples of good free books that cover the back-propagation algorithm?

What are examples of good free books that cover the back-propagation used to train multilayer perceptrons? I've just started to learn about artificial neural networks, so I'm looking for books that ...
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Why did the developement of neural networks stop between 50s and 80s?

In a video lecture on the development of neural networks and the history of deep learning (you can start from minute 13), the lecturer (Yann LeCunn) said that the development of neural networks ...
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Bias gradient of layer before batch normalization always zero

From the original paper and this post we have that batch normalization backpropagation can be formulated as I'm interested in the derivative of the previous layer outputs $x_i=\sigma(w X_i+b)$ with ...
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Why is Openai's PPO2 implementation differentiable?

I'm trying to understand the concept behind the implementation of the OpenAI PPO2 algorithm. The loss function that is minimized is as follows: ...
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Why is tf.abs non-differentiable in Tensorflow?

I understand why tf.abs is non-differentiable in principle (discontinuity at 0) but the same applies to tf.nn.relu yet, in case of this function gradient is simply set to 0 at 0. Why the same logic is ...
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Are all activation functions in a layer same? [duplicate]

I understand that for you can have multiple activation functions in different layers. CNN's usually have Relu followed by softmax for the classification. But what stops us in having multiple ...
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Why are the weights of the previous layers updated only considering the old values of the weights of the later layer, not the updated values?

Why are the weights of a neural net updated only considering the old values of the later layer, not the already updated values? I use this example to explain my problem. When applying the ...
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Why does sigmoid saturation prevent signal flow through the neuron?

As per these slides on page 35: Sigmoids saturate and kill gradients. when the neuron's activation saturates at either tail of 0 or 1, the gradient at these regions is almost zero. the gradient and ...
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How to compute the gradient of the cross-entropy loss function with respect to the parameters with softmax activation function?

I've seen plenty of examples of people doing Sigmoid + MSE backpropagation implementations, yet I do not seem to understand how to implement backpropagation as stated in the title in the case of multi-...
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Neural Network trains towards 1 despite target

So I'm trying to make my first neural network and have just finished my back propagation functions. I got the algebra from brilliant and thought I'd understood it, but my bug proves otherwise. The bug ...
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During Backpropagation in LSTM, why is the previous output $h_{t-1}$ considered constant w.r.t any $W$ while computing derivative?

I've just started learning LSTM, and some points in the process of calculating the gradients are getting me confused. Say, for example, we want to compute $\frac{\partial}{\partial W_i}L$, where $L$ ...
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Backpropagation implementation not applicable for other cases

I saw this implementation of backpropagation in MATLAB, where the loss function used is MSE, and the last layer's activation function was sigmoid. I denoted the portions of the formula for what I ...
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How do gradients are flown back into the Siamese network when branching is done?

I am curious about the working of a Siamese network. So, let us suppose I am using a triplet loss for my network and I have instantiated single CNN 3 times and there are 3 inputs to the network. So, ...
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Explanation of the partial derivatives in back-propogation algorithm

I understand that this is the method for conducting back-propogation: With a three layer network (input layer, one hidden layer, one output layer); start with input $I_i$ as an exemplar input. ...
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For the generalised delta rule in back-propogation, do you subtract the target from the obtained output, or vice versa?

When I look up the generalised delta rule equation for back-propogation, I am seeing two conflicting equations. For example, here (slide 20), given $o$ (the output, defined in slide 18), $z$ (the ...
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Why is the derivative of the softmax layer shaped differently than the derivative of other neurons?

If the derivative is supposed to give the rate of change of a function at that point, then why is the derivative of the softmax layer (a vector) the Jacobian matrix, which has a different shape than ...
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Backpropogation rule for the output layer of a multi-layer network - What does the rule do in ambiguous cases?

This is the back-propogation rule for the output layer of a multi-layer network: $$W_{jk} := W_{jk} - C \dfrac{\delta E}{\delta W_{jk}}$$ What does this rule do in the more ambiguous cases such as: (1)...
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How to update the error on hidden nodes using back-propogation, given the error on the output nodes and weights

I'm trying to solve question 30 of this paper. The short version of the question is if someone could show me how to do this, I would appreciate it (the answer should be A; -0.0660). The long version ...
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What is asymmetric relaxation backpropagation?

In Chapter 8, section 8.5.2, Raul Rojas describes how the weights for a layer of a neural network can be calculated using a pseudoinverse of the sigmoid function in the nodes, he explains this is an ...
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How do I infer exploding or vanishing gradients in Keras?

It may already be obvious that I am just a practitioner and just a beginner to Deep Learning. I am still figuring out lots of "WHY"s and "HOW"s of DL. So, for example, if I train a ...
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Why is second-order backpropagation useful?

Raul Rojas's book on Neural Networks dedicates section 8.4.3 to explaining how to do second-order backpropagation, that is, computing the Hessian of the error function with respect to two weights at a ...
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Why should the weight updates be proportional to input?

I'm reading the book Grokking Deep Learning. Regarding weight updates during training, it has the following code and explanation: ...
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In CNNs, why do we sum the filter derivatives w.r.t the loss function to get the final gradient?

In a Convolutional Neural Network, unlike the fully connected layers, the same filter is used multiple times on the input while convolving - so during backpropagation, we get multiple derivatives for ...

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