Two Approaches to Optimal Annealing

Part of Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 10 (NIPS 1997)

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Todd Leen, Bernhard Schottky, David Saad


We employ both master equation and order parameter approaches to analyze the asymptotic dynamics of on-line learning with dif(cid:173) ferent learning rate annealing schedules. We examine the relations between the results obtained by the two approaches and obtain new results on the optimal decay coefficients and their dependence on the number of hidden nodes in a two layer architecture.