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Image Classification with Neural Network

Last Updated on January 4, 2022 by Editorial Team

Author(s): Mugunthan

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Deep Learning

A feedforward neural network is an artificial neural network wherein connections between the nodes do not form a cycle. As such, it is different from its descendant: recurrent neural networks.

The feedforward neural network was the first and simplest type of artificial neural network devised.In this network, the information moves in only one direction — forward — from the input nodes, through the hidden nodes (if any) and to the output nodes. There are no cycles or loops in the network.

— reference from Wikipedia

A Convolution neural network(CNN) is a deep learning algorithm that takes images as input, learn objects/aspects from image and differentiate each image. In primitive methods, filters are hand-engineered and applied to images. Using CNN, filters are learned from the images with enough training.

Why CNN over feedforward neural network?

An Image is nothing but a matrix, why not flatten it into a 1D array and input it into a feed-forward network?.

Let me explain this with an example, Consider an Image with spatial dimensions (64 x 64 x 3), which is converted to dimension (12288 x 1).

Now even if the first layer of the model contains 10 neurons, learnable parameters become 10*12288 = 122880 for a single layer. This will increase the number of learnable parameters in the model and thus computations also increase.

In the case of CNN, the image is fed as such ie. (64 x 64 x 3). convolution layers are a set of filters convoluted over input volume.

Convolution (source)

These filters or kernel matrices here act as learnable parameters. Hence these will be updated on each iteration of the datasets. So how does it reduce the learnable parameter? It is still the same number!!

The answer is No! Because weights that are learned at a particular depth can be applied to other depths. So a number of parameters are not the same.

So how can we compute the dimensions of the output?

W- dimension of the image, F- Filter Dimension, P- Padding, S- Stride

The stride S controls the size of the step by which the filter is moving. The padding P controls the size of the output by adding zeros (or other values) to the border of the input.

Convolutional Neural networks will easily have a million learning parameters because of the data that they are learning from. This is also one of the reasons there are limited resources on mobile CNN which can lack computational power.

Transfer Learning will help everyone to model without actually training the entire model.

Tensorflow has Object Detection API and model zoo to help with detection and classification problems.


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