neural network


Definition of neural network

: a computer architecture in which a number of processors are interconnected in a manner suggestive of the connections between neurons in a human brain and which is able to learn by a process of trial and error

called also neural net

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Recent Examples on the Web The neural network studied an archive of nearly 80 million records of light-intensity changes, way more than humans alone could handle. New York Times, "Six Stars, Six Eclipses: ‘The Fact That It Exists Blows My Mind’," 23 Jan. 2021 In recent research, Shafiee and his colleagues trained a type of AI called a convolutional neural network on images of embryos, which were labeled by experts with a score. Jackie Snow, STAT, "IVF can be a painstaking process. Could AI make it more precise?," 12 Nov. 2020 The designer, like the two agents, uses a neural network—a program inspired by the brain’s architecture—to learn its task over many trials. Matthew Hutson, Science | AAAS, "Who needs a teacher? Artificial intelligence designs lesson plans for itself," 19 Jan. 2021 But there are lots of ways to set up a convolutional neural network, and the group tried many different configurations, each of which took days to process on a supercomputer. Charlie Wood, Popular Science, "Astronomers made a poor bot count 100,000 moon craters," 23 Dec. 2020 In this case, the neural network tracked the movement of faces in videos and labeled the facial expressions in different social situations. Emily Willingham, Scientific American, "A Smile at a Wedding and a Cheer at a Soccer Game Are Alike the World Over," 17 Dec. 2020 From that data, the neural network could reconstruct the collisions that assembled the galaxies. Charlie Wood, Quanta Magazine, "The New History of the Milky Way," 15 Dec. 2020 First, the researchers use an algorithm to explore possible neural network architectures, looking for one that fits the computational constraints of the microcontroller. Will Knight, Wired, "AI Algorithms Are Slimming Down to Fit in Your Fridge," 13 Dec. 2020 The resulting neural network can correctly identify over 1,000 different hieroglyphs. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Fun New Way to Annoy Your Friends: Text Them in Hieroglyphics," 24 July 2020

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1947, in the meaning defined above

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“Neural network.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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