Analyzing weight distribution of feedforward neural networks and efficient weight initialization

Jimvook Go, Byungjoon Baek, Chulhee Lee

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In this paper, we investigate and analyze the weight distribution of feedforward two-layer neural networks in order to understand and improve the time-consuming training process of neural networks. Generally, it takes a long time to train neural networks. However, when a new problem is presented, neural networks have to be trained again without any benefit from previous training. In order to address this problem, we view training process as finding a solution weight point in a weight space and analyze the distribution of solution weight points in the weight space. Then, we propose a weight initialization method that uses the information on the distribution of the solution weight points. Experimental results show that the proposed weight initialization method provides a better performance than the conventional method that uses a random generator in terms of convergence speed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)840-849
Number of pages10
JournalLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Dec 1


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

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