Weight regularization provides an approach to reduce the overfitting of a deep learning neural network model on the training data and improve the performance of the model on new data, such as the holdout test set. There are multiple types of weight regularization, such as L1 and L2 vector norms, and each requires a hyperparameter […]

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## Use Weight Regularization to Reduce Overfitting of Deep Learning Models

Neural networks learn a set of weights that best map inputs to outputs. A network with large network weights can be a sign of an unstable network where small changes in the input can lead to large changes in the output. This can be a sign that the network has overfit the training dataset and […]

## How to Configure the Number of Layers and Nodes in a Neural Network

Artificial neural networks have two main hyperparameters that control the architecture or topology of the network: the number of layers and the number of nodes in each hidden layer. You must specify values for these parameters when configuring your network. The most reliable way to configure these hyperparameters for your specific predictive modeling problem is […]

## A Gentle Introduction to Transfer Learning for Deep Learning

Transfer learning is a machine learning method where a model developed for a task is reused as the starting point for a model on a second task. It is a popular approach in deep learning where pre-trained models are used as the starting point on computer vision and natural language processing tasks given the vast […]

## Gentle Introduction to the Adam Optimization Algorithm for Deep Learning

The choice of optimization algorithm for your deep learning model can mean the difference between good results in minutes, hours, and days. The Adam optimization algorithm is an extension to stochastic gradient descent that has recently seen broader adoption for deep learning applications in computer vision and natural language processing. In this post, you will […]

## How To Improve Deep Learning Performance

20 Tips, Tricks and Techniques That You Can Use To Fight Overfitting and Get Better Generalization How can you get better performance from your deep learning model? It is one of the most common questions I get asked. It might be asked as: How can I improve accuracy? …or it may be reversed as: What […]