Improvement of generalization ability for identifying dynamical systems by using universal learning networks

Kotaro Hirasawa, Sung Ho Kim, Jinglu Hu, Junichi Murata, Min Han, Chunzhi Jin

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This paper studies how the generalization ability of models of dynamical systems can be improved by taking advantage of the second order derivatives of the outputs with respect to the external inputs. The proposed method can be regarded as a direct implementation of the well-known regularization technique using the higher order derivatives of the Universal Learning Networks (ULNs). ULNs consist of a number of interconnected nodes where the nodes may have any continuously differentiable nonlinear functions in them and each pair of nodes can be connected by multiple branches with arbitrary time delays. A generalized learning algorithm has been derived for the ULNs, in which both the first order derivatives (gradients) and the higher order derivatives are incorporated. First, the method for computing the second order derivatives of ULNs is discussed. Then, a new method for implementing the regularization term is presented. Finally, simulation studies on identification of a nonlinear dynamical system with noises are carried out to demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed method. Simulation results show that the proposed method can improve the generalization ability of neural networks significantly, especially in terms that (1) the robust network can be obtained even when the branches of trained ULNs are destructed, and (2) the obtained performance does not depend on the initial parameter values.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1389-1404
Number of pages16
JournalNeural Networks
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2001

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Artificial Intelligence


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