For questions surrounding gradient descent, a method for finding the optimum state of a parameterized function based on another function often called the loss or error function. It iteratively descends the loss surface to the minimum loss by adjusting parameters based on the product of the partial derivatives comprising the gradient and a learning rate.

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### Why are most commonly used activation functions continuous?

I have come to notice that the most commonly used activation functions are continuous. Is there any specific reason behind this? Results such as this paper have worked on training networks with ...
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It (Adagrad) adapts the learning rate to the parameters, performing smaller updates (i.e. low learning rates) for parameters associated with frequently occurring features, and larger updates (i.e. ...
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### How does SGD escape local minima?

SGD is able to jump out of local minima that would otherwise trap BGD I don't really understand the above statement. Could someone please provide a mathematical explanation for why SGD (Stochastic ...
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### How to train neural networks with multiprocessing?

I am trying to figure out how multiprocessing works in neural networks. In the example I've seen, the database is split into $x$ parts (depending on how many workers you have) and each worker is ...
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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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### Should I use batch gradient descent when I have a small sample size?

I have a dataset with an input size of 155x155, with the output being 155 x 1 with a 3-4 layer neural net being used for regression. With such a small sample size, should I use full batch gradient ...
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### Is it possible to ensure the convergence when training a RNN weight on its SVD decomposition?

I'm reading the following paper in which the author seems to do 2 things interesting: The hidden-to-hidden weight matrix of the RNN is SVD decomposed and train separately. Each orthogonal part of the ...
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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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### What is the time complexity for training a gated recurrent unit (GRU) neural network using back-propagation through time?

Let us assume we have a GRU network containing $H$ layers to process a training dataset with $K$ tuples, $I$ features, and $H_i$ nodes in each layer. I have a pretty basic idea how the complexity of ...
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### How to implement Mean square error loss function in mini batch GD

I have a vectorized implementation of the neural network in c++. I successfully solve the classification problems of Fashion MNIST and CIFAR. Now I am modifying my code to do the Linear regression. I ...
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### What is the purpose of argmax in the PPO algorithm?

I'm kinda new to machine learning and still not too solid on math and particularly calculus. I'm currently trying to implement PPO algorithm as described in the spiningUp website : This line is ...
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### Does Retina-net's focal loss accomplish its goal?

Taking out the weighting factor we can define focal loss as $$FL(p) = -(1-p)^\gamma log(p)$$ Where $p$ is the target probability. The idea being that single stage object detectors have a huge ...
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### What is the right formula for weight update rule in Logistic Regression using stochastic gradient descent

Apologies for the lengthy title. My question is about the weight update rule for logistic regression using stochastic gradient descent. I have just started experimenting on Logistic Regression. I ...
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### How to perform gradient checking in a neural network with batch normalization?

I have implemented a neural network (NN) using python and numpy only for learning purposes. I have already coded learning rate, momentum, and L1/L2 regularization and checked the implementation with ...
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### How to calculate gradient of filter in convolution network

I have similar architecture like in image:CNN. I don't understand how to calculate gradient of filter F. I found these equations(source): Gradient and delta, where first equation calculate gradient ...
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### Why are optimization algorithms for deep learning so simple?

From my knowledge, the most used optimizer in practice is Adam, which in essence is just mini-batch gradient descent with momentum to combat getting stuck in saddle points and with some damping to ...
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### How to use unmodified input in neural network?

My question may be a bit hard to explain... My neural network learns a categorical distribution, which serves as an index. This index will look up the value (= action_mean) in Input 2. From this ...
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### Is batch learning with gradient descent equivalent to "rehearsal" in incremental learning?

I am learning about incremental learning and read that rehearsal learning is retraining with old data. In essence, isn't this the exact same thing as batch learning (with stochastic gradient descent)? ...
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### How long should the state-dependent baseline for policy gradient methods be trained at each iteration?

How long should the state-dependent baseline be trained at each iteration? Or what baseline loss should we target at each iteration for use with policy gradient methods? I'm using this equation to ...
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### Why gradients are so small in deep learning?

The learning rate in my model is 0.00001 and the gradients of the model is within the distribution of [-0.0001, 0.0001]. Is it ...
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### Is Gradient Descent algorithm a part of Calculus of Variations?

As in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calculus_of_variations The calculus of variations is a field of mathematical analysis that uses variations, which are small changes in functions and ...
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### Neural networks when gradient descent is not possible

I am looking for an example in which it is simply impossible to use some sort of gradient descent to train a neural network. Is this available? I have read quite some papers about gradient-free ...
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### Are gradients of weights in RNNs dependent on the gradient of every neuron in that layer?

I am writing my own recurrent neural network in Java to understand the inner workings better. While working through the math, I found that in timesteps later than 2 the gradient of weight w of neuron ...
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### What is uncentered variance and how it becomes equal to mean square in Adam?

I have been reading about Adam and AdamW (Here). The author mentioned that in "uncentered variance" we don't consider subtracting mean In this statement, the author is talking about ...
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### In mini-batch gradient descent, are the weights updated after each batch or after all the batches have gone through an epoch?

Say I have a mini-batch of size 32, and I have 10 such batches. Assuming I only run it for one epoch (just for the sake of understanding it), Will the weights be updated using the gradients of one ...
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### What is the effect of gradient clipping by norm on the performance of a model?

It is recommended to apply gradient clipping by normalization in case of exploding gradients. The following quote is taken from here answer One way to assure it is exploding gradients is if the loss ...