# Questions tagged [math]

For questions about mathematics related to artificial intelligence.

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### How does one start learning artificial intelligence? [duplicate]

I am a software engineering student and I am complete beginner to AI. I have read a lot of articles on how to start learning AI, but each article suggests a different way. I was wondering if some of ...
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### Can neural networks be used to prove conjectures?

Imagine I have a list (in a computer-readable form) of all problems (or statements) and proofs that math relies on. Could I train a neural network in such a way that, for example, I enter a problem ...
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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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### What sort of mathematical problems are there in AI that people are working on?

I recently got a 18-month postdoc position in a math department. It's a position with relative light teaching duty and a lot of freedom about what type of research that I want to do. Previously I was ...
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### What are the mathematical prerequisites for an AI researcher?

What are the mathematical prerequisites for understanding the core part of the algorithms in artificial intelligence and developing own algorithm? Please, refer me the specific books.
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### What is the Bellman operator in reinforcement learning?

In mathematics, the word operator can refer to several distinct but related concepts. An operator can be defined as a function between two vector spaces, it can be defined as a function where the ...
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### How do we prove the n-step return error reduction property?

In section 7.1 (about the n-step bootstrapping) of the book Reinforcement Learning: An Introduction (2nd edition), by Andrew Barto and Richard S. Sutton, the authors write about what they call the "n-...
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### Why does the “reward to go” trick in policy gradient methods work?

In the policy gradient method, there's a trick to reduce the variance of policy gradient. We use causality, and remove part of the sum over rewards so that only actions happened after the reward are ...
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### Why exactly do neural networks require i.i.d. data?

In reinforcement learning, in general, successive states (actions and rewards) are highly correlated. An "experience replay" buffer was used, in the DQN architecture, to avoid training the neural ...
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### Is it possible to train the neural network to solve math equations?

I'm aware that neural networks are probably not designed to do that, however asking hypothetically, is it possible to train the deep neural network (or similar) to solve math equations? So given the ...
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### Which areas of applied math are relevant to AI? [duplicate]

My background is in electrical engineering. I have a good grasp of CS foundations (e.g. data structures, algorithms, operating systems, discrete math and software engineering). I have option of ...
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### Can we define the AI singularity mathematically?

The "AI Singularity" or "Technological Singularity" is a vague term that roughly seems to refer to the idea of: Humans can design algorithms Humans can improve algorithms Eventually algorithms we ...
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### Why do activation functions need to be differentiable in the context of neural networks?

Why should an activation function of a neural network be differentiable? Is it strictly necessary or is it just advantageous?
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### How can I start learning mathematics for machine learning?

I am an Android programmer. Now, I would like to learn machine learning. I know it requires a mathematical background, like statistics, probability, calculus and linear algebra. However, I am a bit ...
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### Mathematical foundations of the ability to learn

I am an undergraduate student in applied mathematics with an interest in artificial intelligence. I am currently exploring topics where I could do research. Coming from a mathematical background I am ...
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### How good is AI in math?

Currently, AI is advancing fast in deep learning: Entire human chess knowledge learned and surpassed by DeepMind's AlphaZero in four hours. As a layman, I'm taking this as a quite powerful searching ...
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### Why is my derivation of the back-propagation equations inconsistent with Andrew Ng's slides from Coursera?

I am using the cross-entropy cost function to calculate its derivatives using different variables $Z, W$ and $b$ at different instances. Please refer image below for calculation. As per my knowledge, ...
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### Is this the correct gradient for log of softmax? [duplicate]

I am currently implementing the very basic version (REINFORCE) of the Monte Carlo policy gradient algorithm. I was wondering if this is the correct gradient for the log of softmax. \begin{align} \...