# AI News, Improving the Performance of a Neural Network

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## Improving the Performance of a Neural Network

Your friend goes on memorising each formula, question and answer from the textbook but you, on the other hand, are smarter than him, so you decide to build on intuition and work out problems and learn how these formulas come into play.

Test day arrives, if the problems in the test paper are taken straight out of the textbooks, then you can expect your memorising friend to do better on it but, if the problems are new ones that involve applying intuition, you do better on the test and your memorising friend fails miserably.

E.x: In a convolutional neural network, some of the hyperparameters are kernel size, the number of layers in the neural network, activation function, loss function, optimizer used(gradient descent, RMSprop), batch size, number of epochs to train etc.

You might ask, “there are so many hyperparameters, how do I choose what to use for each?”, Unfortunately, there is no direct method to identify the best set of hyperparameter for each neural network so it is mostly obtained through trial and error.

You can choose different neural network architectures and train them on different parts of the data and ensemble them and use their collective predictive power to get high accuracy on test data.

When combining different cats vs dogs classifiers, the accuracy of the ensemble algorithm increases based on the Pearson Correlation between the individual classifiers.

After performing all of the techniques above, if your model still doesn’t perform better in your test dataset, it could be ascribed to the lack of training data.

Data Augmentation Techniques If you are working on a dataset of images, you can augment new images to the training data by shearing the image, flipping the image, randomly cropping the image etc.

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