The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

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Artificial Neural Networks

  • Chung-Ming Kuan
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Artificial neural networks (ANNs) constitute a class of flexible nonlinear models designed to mimic biological neural systems. In this article we introduce ANN using familiar econometric terminology and provide an overview of the ANN modelling approach and its implementation methods.


ARMA models Artificial neural networks Back propagation algorithm BAYESIAN information criterion Distributed lags Feedforward neural networks Learning Model misspecification Newton algorithm Nonlinear least squares (NLS) method Nonlinear models Nonparametric functional analysis Nonparametric methods Predictive stochastic complexity Recurrent neural networks Stochastic approximation method 

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I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Steven Durlauf for his patience and constructive comments on early drafts of this article. I also thank Shih-Hsun Hsu and Yu-Lieh Huang for very helpful suggestions. The remaining errors are all mine.


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