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Approximate greatest descent in neural network optimization

  • * Corresponding author: King Hann Lim

    * Corresponding author: King Hann Lim 
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  • Numerical optimization is required in artificial neural network to update weights iteratively for learning capability. In this paper, we propose the use of Approximate Greatest Descent (AGD) algorithm to optimize neural network weights using long-term backpropagation manner. The modification and development of AGD into stochastic diagonal AGD (SDAGD) algorithm could improve the learning ability and structural simplicity for deep learning neural networks. It is derived from the operation of a multi-stage decision control system which consists of two phases: (1) when local search region does not contain the minimum point, iteration shall be defined at the boundary of the local search region, (2) when local region contains the minimum point, Newton method is approximated for faster convergence. The integration of SDAGD into Multilayered perceptron (MLP) network is investigated with the goal of improving the learning ability and structural simplicity. Simulation results showed that two-layer MLP with SDAGD achieved a misclassification rate of 9.4% on a smaller mixed national institute of national and technology (MNIST) dataset. MNIST is a database equipped with handwritten digits images suitable for algorithm prototyping in artificial neural networks.

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  • Figure 1.  Structure of two layer multilayer perceptron.

    Figure 2.  AGD iteration from initial point to minimum point.

    Figure 3.  AGD iteration from initial point to minimum point.

    Table 1.  Comparison of MCR and MSE between three optimization techniques in neural network.

    Training Algorithm Training MCR (%) Testing MCR (%) MSE
    SGD 8.22 12.14 0.40
    SDLM 8.86 10.19 0.32
    SDAGD 6.46 9.40 0.21
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