Complexity issues in neural network computations

  • Michel Cosnard
  • Pascal Koiran
  • Hélène Paugam-Moisy
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 583)


In this paper we described new results on the complexity of computing dichotomies and dichotomies on examples particularly on the number of units in the hidden layers. Traditionnally the number of units is bounded by functions of the number of examples. We have introduced a new parameter: the distance between the classes. These two parameters are complementary and it is still unknown if another parameters could be used. The bounds that we derived are not tight and should be improved.

We have also shown that the use of second hidden layer could reduce the total number of hidden units. What can be proved if we add more layers? More generally the relationship between the capabilities of multilayer artificial neural networks and the number of layers and number of hidden units is still a completely open problem.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michel Cosnard
    • 1
  • Pascal Koiran
    • 1
  • Hélène Paugam-Moisy
    • 1
  1. 1.Ecole Normale Supérieure de LyonLyon Cedex 07France

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