Neural Network Formalization
E. Fiesler
IDIAP, C.P. 592, CH-1920 Martigny, Switzerland
EFiesler@IDIAP.CH
In order to assist the field of neural networks in its maturing, a formalization and a solid foundation are essential.
Additionally, to permit the introduction of formal proofs, it is essential to have an all encompassing formal mathematical definition of a neural network.
Most neural networks, even biological ones, exhibit a layered structure.
This publication shows that all neural networks can be represented as layered structures.
This layeredness is therefore chosen as the basis for a formal neural network framework.
This publication offers a neural network formalization consisting of a topological taxonomy, a uniform nomenclature, and an accompanying consistent mnemonic notation.
Supported by this formalization, both a flexible hierarchical and a universal mathematical definition are presented.
Keywords: (artificial) neural network, neural computing, neurocomputing,
connectionism, formalization, standardization, terminology, nomenclature,
definition, mnemonic notation, topological taxonomy, neural network statics