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Artificial neural networks training acceleration through network science strategies
  The development of deep learning has led to a dramatic increase in the number of applications of artificial intelligence. However, the training of deeper neural networks for stable and accurate models translates into artificial neural networks (ANNs) that become unmanageable as the number of features increases. This work extends our earlier study where we explored the acceleration effects obtained by enforcing, in turn, scale freeness, small worldness, and sparsity during the ANN training process. The efficiency of that approach was confirmed by recent studies (conducted independently) where a million-node ANN was trained on non-specialized laptops. Encouraged by those results, our study is now focused on some tunable parameters, to pursue a further acceleration effect. We show that, although optimal parameter tuning is unfeasible, due to the high non-linearity of ANN problems, we can actually come up with a set of useful guidelines that lead to speed-ups in practical cases. We find that significant reductions in execution time can generally be achieved by setting the revised fraction parameter (ζ) to relatively low values.

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    09 September 2020

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    Springer Science and Business Media LLC

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    Edinburgh Napier Funded


Cavallaro, L., Bagdasar, O., De Meo, P., Fiumara, G., & Liotta, A. (2020). Artificial neural networks training acceleration through network science strategies. Soft Computing, 24,



Network science, Artificial neural networks, Multilayer perceptron, Revise phase

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