CS 489/698 Assignment 2 Error Backpropagation solved


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1. [2 marks] The logistic function is defined as
σ(z) = 1
1 + e−z
Prove that
dz = σ(z)

1 − σ(z)

2. [4 marks] Consider a classification problem in which you have K classes. Suppose you have a labelled dataset containing pairs of inputs and class labels, (~x, `), where ~x ∈ R
X and ` ∈ {1, 2, . . . , K}.
Your neural network’s output is a classification vector based on the softmax activation function, so
that if zk is the input current for output node k, then the activation of output node yk is
yk =
j=1 e
, k = 1, . . . , K .
Thus, ~y ∈ [0, 1]K, and yk = P (` = k | ~x).
Suppose that your loss function is categorical cross entropy,
E(~y,~t) = −
tk ln yk .
Derive an expression for ∂E
, the gradient of the loss function with respect to the input current to
the output layer.
3. [4 marks] Consider the network y = f (~x, θ) with output loss function E (y, t), where y, t ∈ R. Let
the input current to the output layer be z, so that y = σ(z), and σ(·) is the activation function for
the nodes in the output layer.
Derive an expression for ∂E
∂z for the following two combinations:
(a) The logistic activation function, with cross entropy,
E(y, t) = −tln y − (1 − t) ln(1 − y)
(b) The identity activation function, σ(z) = z, with mean squared error,
E(y, t) = (y − t)

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CS 489/698 Neural Networks Assignment 2
4. Implementing Backpropagation
For this question, you must complete the implementation of the Network class. Notice that the
jupyter notebook has helper functions, a Layer class, and a Network class. Familiarize yourself
with the code. Notice that a Network contains a series of Layers, as well as connection matrices.
Much of the functionality is already completed, but there are a few functions that you have to
finish. Follow these directions:
(a) Cost functions: Implement the following cost functions and their gradients. [5 marks]
i. CrossEntropy(y,t): Evaluates the average cross entropy between outputs y and targets t.
ii. gradCrossEntropy(y,t): Evaluates the gradient of the average cross entropy with
respect to outputs y.
iii. MSE(y,t): Evaluates the mean squared error between outputs y and targets t.
iv. gradMSE(y,t): Evaluates the gradient of the mean squared error with respect to outputs y.
(b) FeedForward: Complete the function Network.FeedForward according to the specifications in its documentation. Note that your function must work for 2D input arrays containing
multiple samples. The input currents and activities for each Layer should be stored in the
corresponding Layer.z and Layer.h, respectively. [3 marks]
(c) BackProp: Complete the Network.BackProp function, which uses the network state (after a feedforward pass) and the corresponding targets to compute the error gradients, and
performs an update to the network weights and biases. You only need to implement the
cost-function/activation-function combinations [7 marks]
(d) Learn: Complete the Network.Learn function, which performs gradient descent over the
training dataset to try to find the optimal network weights and biases. The function should
perform the specified number of epochs. If the input parameter progress=True is given,
then append the cost after each epoch to the list Network.cost_history. [4 marks]
For your convenience, the notebook includes two sample datasets for you to test your implementation on. One is a classification problem, and one is a regression problem. Your implementation
should work with these lines of code. But I encourage you to tinker with them.
There is also a pre-compiled module (a2_solutions.pyc) with complete implementations of
all the functions you are asked to complete. This might be helpful for testing, or if you have
trouble with one of the functions, and would like to move on and implement one of the dependent
functions. The notebook contains instructions on how to gracefully move between your code and
the solution code.
What to submit
Your assignment submission should be a single jupyter notebook file, named (_a2.ipynb),
where is your UW WatIAM login ID (not your student number). The notebook must include
solutions to all the questions. Submit this file to Desire2Learn. You do not need to submit any of the
modules supplied for the assignment.