Questions tagged [universal-approximation-theorems]

For questions related to the (different) universal approximation theorems (UATs), for example, in the context of feed-forward neural networks.

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Do we ever need more then 1 hidden layer in a binary classification problem with ANNs? If yes why?

I have read about the universal approximation theorem. So, why do we need more than 1 layer? Is it somehow computationally efficient to add layers instead of more neurons in the hidden layer?
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Why can a neural network use more than one activation function?

From trying to understand neural networks better, I've come upon a tentative notion that an activation function aims to build a function it's approximating via linear combinations with biases and ...
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Issue with graphical interpretation of the universal approximation theorem

This article attempts to provide a graphical justification of the universal approximation theorem. It succeeds in showing that a linear combination of two sigmoids can produce essentially a bounded ...
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How can “any process you can imagine” be thought of as function computation?

I stumbled upon this passage when reading this guide. Universality theorems are a commonplace in computer science, so much so that we sometimes forget how astonishing they are. But it's worth ...
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Is it possible to predict $x^2$, $\log(x)$, or variable function of $x$ using RNN?

There were some posts that using RNN can predict the next point of the sine wave function with data history. However, I wondered if it also works on all the functions of $x$, such as $x^2$, $x^3$, $\...
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Is it really possible to create the “Perfect Cylinder” used in Universal Approximation Theorem for 1-hidden layer Neural Network?

There are proofs for the universal approximation theorem with just 1 hidden layer. The proof goes like this: Create a "bump" function using 2 neurons. Create (infinitely) many of these ...
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What is the number of neurons required to approximate a polynomial of degree n?

I learned about the universal approximation theorem from this guide. It states that a network even with a single hidden layer can approximate any function within some bound, given a sufficient number ...
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Can most of the basic machine learning models be easily represented as simple neural network architectures?

I am currently studying the textbook Neural Networks and Deep Learning by Charu C. Aggarwal. In chapter 1.2.1 Single Computational Layer: The Perceptron, the author says the following: Different ...
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Smallest possible network to approximate the $sin$ function

The main goal is: Find the smallest possible neural network to approximate the $sin$ function. Moreover, I want to find a qualitative reason why this network is the smallest possible network. I have ...
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When are multiple hidden layers necessary?

I know that my question probably seems like being asked many times, but Ill try to be more speciffic: Limitations to my question: I am NOT asking about convolutional neural networks, so please, try ...
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How can neural networks approximate any continuous function but have $\mathcal{VC}$ dimension only proportional to their number of parameters?

Neural networks typically have $\mathcal{VC}$ dimension that is proportional to their number of parameters and inputs. For example, see the papers Vapnik-Chervonenkis dimension of recurrent neural ...
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If a neural network is a universal function approximator, can it have any prior beliefs?

Let us confine ourselves to the case where we have a $n$ dimensional input and a $+1$ or $-1$ output. It can be shown that: For every $n$, there exists a dense NN of depth 2, such that it contains ...
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Are No Free Lunch theorem and Universal Approximation theorem contradictory in the context of neural networks?

To my understanding NFL states that, we cannot have an hypothesis (let's assume it is an approximator like NN in this case) class that can't achieve certain accuracy parameters $\leq \epsilon$ with ...
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Does a neural network exist that can learn every possible training data?

The universal approximation theorem states, that a feed-forward network with a single hidden layer containing a finite number of neurons can approximate continuous functions on compact subsets of $R^n$...
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Where can I find the proof of the universal approximation theorem?

The Wikipedia article for the universal approximation theorem cites a version of the universal approximation theorem for Lebesgue-measurable functions from this conference paper. However, the paper ...
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Is there a way to calculate the closed-form expression of the function that a neural network computes?

As stated in the universal approximation theorem, a neural network can approximate almost any function. Is there a way to calculate the closed-form (or analytical) expression of the function that a ...
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Which machine learning models are universal function approximators?

The universal approximation theorem states that a feed-forward neural network with a single hidden layer containing a finite number of neurons can approximate any continuous function (provided some ...
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Is there a mathematical proof that shows that certain parameters work “better” than others for a certain task?

The machine learning community often only provides empirical results, but I am also interested in theoretical results and proofs. Specifically, is there a mathematical proof that shows that certain ...
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What are the learning limitations of neural networks trained with backpropagation?

In 1969, Seymour Papert and Marvin Minsky showed that Perceptrons could not learn the XOR function. This was solved by the backpropagation network with at least one hidden layer. This type of network ...