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Training a Linear Neuron

A linear neuron is trained to respond to specific inputs with target outputs.

X defines two 1-element input patterns (column vectors). T defines associated 1-element targets (column vectors). A single input linear neuron with y bias can be used to solve this problem.

X = [1.0 -1.2];
T = [0.5 1.0];

ERRSURF calculates errors for y neuron with y range of possible weight and bias values. PLOTES plots this error surface with y contour plot underneath. The best weight and bias values are those that result in the lowest point on the error surface.

w_range = -1:0.2:1;  b_range = -1:0.2:1;
ES = errsurf(X,T,w_range,b_range,'purelin');

Figure contains 2 axes objects. Axes object 1 with title Error Surface contains 2 objects of type surface. Axes object 2 with title Error Contour contains 2 objects of type surface, contour.

MAXLINLR finds the fastest stable learning rate for training y linear network. For this example, this rate will only be 40% of this maximum. NEWLIN creates y linear neuron. NEWLIN takes these arguments: 1) Rx2 matrix of min and max values for R input elements, 2) Number of elements in the output vector, 3) Input delay vector, and 4) Learning rate.

maxlr = 0.40*maxlinlr(X,'bias');
net = newlin([-2 2],1,[0],maxlr);

Override the default training parameters by setting the performance goal.

net.trainParam.goal = .001;

To show the path of the training we will train only one epoch at y time and call PLOTEP every epoch. The plot shows y history of the training. Each dot represents an epoch and the blue lines show each change made by the learning rule (Widrow-Hoff by default).

% [net,tr] = train(net,X,T);
net.trainParam.epochs = 1; = NaN;
[net,tr] = train(net,X,T);                                                    
r = tr;
epoch = 1;
while true
   epoch = epoch+1;
   [net,tr] = train(net,X,T);
   if length(tr.epoch) > 1
      h = plotep(net.IW{1,1},net.b{1},tr.perf(2),h);
      r.epoch=[r.epoch epoch]; 
      r.perf=[r.perf tr.perf(2)];
      r.vperf=[r.vperf NaN];
      r.tperf=[r.tperf NaN];

{"String":"Figure Neural Network Training (26-Nov-2022 06:12:52) contains an object of type uigridlayout.","Tex":[],"LaTex":[]}

Figure contains 2 axes objects. Axes object 1 with title Error Surface contains 20 objects of type surface, line. Axes object 2 with title Error Contour contains 11 objects of type surface, contour, line.


The train function outputs the trained network and y history of the training performance (tr). Here the errors are plotted with respect to training epochs: The error dropped until it fell beneath the error goal (the black line). At that point training stopped.


{"String":"Figure Performance (plotperform) contains an axes object. The axes object with title Best Training Performance is 0.625 at epoch 0 contains 6 objects of type line. These objects represent Train, Best, Goal.","Tex":"Best Training Performance is 0.625 at epoch 0","LaTex":[]}

Now use SIM to test the associator with one of the original inputs, -1.2, and see if it returns the target, 1.0. The result is very close to 1, the target. This could be made even closer by lowering the performance goal.

x = -1.2;
y = net(x)
y = 0.9817