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neuralpy - The most intuitive Neural Network Model

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Within this package is the most intuitive fully-connected multilayer neural network model. Data science shouldn’t have a high barrier to entry. neuralpy handles the math and overhead while you focus on the data.

neuralpy is a neural network model written in python based on Michael Nielsen’s neural networks and deep learning book.

Getting Started (quick start)

The following demonstrates how to download and install neuralpy and how to create and train a simple neural network. Run the following command to download and install:

$ pip install neuralpy

Create a neural network in your project by specifying the number of nodes in each layer. Random weights and biases will automatically be generated:

import neuralpy
net = neuralpy.Network([2, 3, 1])

The network feeds input vectors as python lists forward and returns the output vector as a list:

x = [1, 1]
output = net.forward(x)
print output
# ex: [0.11471727263613461]

Train the neural network by first generating training data in the form of a list of tuples. Each tuple has two components and each component is a list representing the input and output respectively. This training set represents the simple OR function and it can be generated for you to save typing:

training_data = neuralpy.load_or()
# [
#   ([1, 1], [1]),
#   ([1, 0], [1]),
#   ...
# ]

Then we must specify the remaining hyperparameters. Let’s say we want to limit it to 100 epochs and give it a learning rate of 1:

epochs = 100
learning_rate = 1

Then run the train method with the parameters. We’re telling the network to conform to training data:

net.train(training_data, epochs, learning_rate)

Now feed forward the input from earlier and the output should be closer to 1.0, which is what we trained the network to do:

output = net.forward(x)
print output            # ex: [0.9542129706170075]

There is more information about advanced options such as monitoring the cost in the official documentation.

Since, this is a multilayer feedforward neural network, it is a universal approximator (Hornik, Stinchcombe and White, 1989). Neural Networks can be used for a wide range of applications from image processing to time series prediction.

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