Definition of artificial neural network

Sara Moein

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In living creatures, the brain is the control unit and it can be divided in different anatomic and functionalsub-units. An artificial neural network is a computational system for processing information as aresponse to external stimuli, which consists of a set of highly interconnected processing elements calledneurons. It is very useful to have some knowledge of the way the biological nervous system is organized,since the artificial neural network is an inspiration of the biological neural networks. This chapter isan explanation of the Artificial Neural Network (ANN). The biological and mathematical definition of aneural network is provided and the activation functions effective for processing are listed. Some figuresare collected for better understanding.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationArtificial Intelligence
Subtitle of host publicationConcepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781522517603
ISBN (Print)1522517596, 9781522517597
StatePublished - 12 Dec 2016
Externally publishedYes


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