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How can I manually perform an elmannet neural network calculation?

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Greg Heath
Greg Heath on 30 Nov 2016
My guess is
z(t) = B1 + IW * [ x(t); z(t-1); z(t-2)];
y(t) = B2 + LW * z(t);
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Greg Heath
Greg Heath on 1 Dec 2016
> So the network diagram is a little different than what you're suggesting.
>Only the hidden layers have context layers, which feed in the previous hidden unit activation(s) into the same hidden layer.
That is exemplified in the expression for z(t) containing IW
>The output layer, while in theory could have a context layer, does not.
Incorrect. That is exemplified in the expression for y(t) containing LW
>Also, the context layer has its own weight matrix saved in net.LW separate from the regular connections.
>I tried saving the exact hidden unit activations and feeding them in using the appropriate connections, but the result was completely different. I'm guessing there's some sort of extra processing I am not aware of.
You have to normalize the data before training and unnormalize the output after training.
Qinwan Rabbani
Qinwan Rabbani on 5 Dec 2016
This is the diagram for a 4 layer network with two hidden layers and a time delay of only 1:
This is net.IW:
This is net.LW:
From what I can see, hidden layer 1 and 2 feed back into themselves via "context layers", but not the output layer. The IW matrix only has the forward connections from the input layer to hidden layer 1. In the LW matrix, it looks to me that element 2,1 stores the connections from hidden 1 to hidden 2 and 3,2 has the connections from hidden 2 to output. However, there are separate elements storing the "context weights." 1,1 has connections from hidden 1 to itself and 2,2 has connections from hidden 2 to itself judging by the dimensions being (size of hidden)^2.
The code you've given is giving me errors because of the dimension mismatch since there is a separate set of connections for the recurrent/context weights. Regardless, even if I use the correct weights, what do I normalize the hidden activations to? The solution I referenced in my original question used normalization parameters that only apply to output activation. (I've tested applying them to saved hidden activations, and normalizing them with those parameters does not give me the correct results.)
Greg Heath
Greg Heath on 6 Dec 2016
The input layer contains NON-NEURON fan-in units and is never counted when referring to a N-layer ( 1 output + N-1 hidden) neural net.
The equations I have posted are the equations for the DEFAULT 2-LAYER ELMAN net with 1 hidden layer.
As proof, just type in the code from the HELP OR DOC documentation and remove the ending semicolon from the view(net) command.
The diagram you have just shown is a NON-DEFAULT 3-layer ELMAN net with 2 hidden layers.
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