What Are Neural Nets?

This article is featured in the new DZone Guide to  Big Data Processing, Volume III. Get your free copy for more insightful articles, industry statistics, and more.  We’ve all read about neural nets and that they’re used in machine learning. Most of us know that they are in some way modeled after neurons and the way neurons are connected in the brain. But beyond that, what they are and how they actually work remains mysterious. Some Basics The fundamental concept behind the neuron is analog. This is a bit confusing since many of us remember from biology class that neurons communicate via pulses. All of those pulses are pretty much the same. Neurons don’t transmit different amplitude pulses but instead send streams of pulses at different frequencies. It’s like the…


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