Benchmarking Feed-Forward Neural Networks: Models and Measures

Part of Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 4 (NIPS 1991)

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Leonard Hamey


Existing metrics for the learning performance of feed-forward neural networks do not provide a satisfactory basis for comparison because the choice of the training epoch limit can determine the results of the comparison. I propose new metrics which have the desirable property of being independent of the training epoch limit. The efficiency measures the yield of correct networks in proportion to the training effort expended. The optimal epoch limit provides the greatest efficiency. The learning performance is modelled statistically, and asymptotic performance is estimated. Implementation details may be found in (Harney, 1992).