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Neural Network Programming with Java

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  • Get to grips with the basics of neural networks and what they are used for
  • Develop neural networks using hands-on examples
  • Explore and code the most widely-used learning algorithms to make your neural network learn from most types of data
  • Discover the power of neural network’s unsupervised learning process to extract the intrinsic knowledge hidden behind the data
  • Apply the code generated in practical examples, including weather forecasting and pattern recognition
  • Understand how to make the best choice of learning parameters to ensure you have a more effective application
  • Select and split data sets into training, test, and validation, and explore validation strategies
  • Discover how to improve and optimize your neural network

Vast quantities of data are produced every second. In this context, neural networks become a powerful technique to extract useful knowledge from large amounts of raw, seemingly unrelated data. One of the most preferred languages for neural network programming is Java as it is easier to write code using it, and most of the most popular neural network packages around already exist for Java. This makes it a versatile programming language for neural networks.

This book gives you a complete walkthrough of the process of developing basic to advanced practical examples based on neural networks with Java.

You will first learn the basics of neural networks and their process of learning. We then focus on what Perceptrons are and their features. Next, you will implement self-organizing maps using the concepts you’ve learned. Furthermore, you will learn about some of the applications that are presented in this book such as weather forecasting, disease diagnosis, customer profiling, and characters recognition (OCR). Finally, you will learn methods to optimize and adapt neural networks in real time.

All the examples generated in the book are provided in the form of illustrative source code, which merges object-oriented programming (OOP) concepts and neural network features to enhance your learning experience.

  • Learn to build amazing projects using neural networks including forecasting the weather and pattern recognition
  • Explore the Java multi-platform feature to run your personal neural networks everywhere
  • This step-by-step guide will help you solve real-world problems and links neural network theory to their application
Page Count 244
Course Length 7 hours 19 minutes
ISBN 9781785880902
Date Of Publication 15 Jan 2016


Alan M. F. Souza

Alan M. F. Souza is computer engineer from Instituto de Estudos Superiores da Amazonia (IESAM). He holds a post-graduate degree in project management software and a master's degree in industrial processes (applied computing) from Universidade Federal do Para (UFPA). He has been working with neural networks since 2009 and has worked with Brazilian IT companies developing in Java, PHP, SQL, and other programming languages since 2006. He is passionate about programming and computational intelligence. Currently, he is a professor at Universidade da Amazonia (UNAMA) and a PhD candidate at UFPA. 

Fabio M. Soares

Fábio M. Soares is currently a PhD candidate at the Federal University of Pará (Universidade Federal do Pará - UFPA), in northern Brazil. He is very passionate about technology in almost all fields, and designs neural network solutions since 2004 and has applied this technique in several fields like telecommunications, industrial process control and modeling, hydroelectric power generation, financial applications, retail customer analysis and so on. His research topics cover supervised learning for data-driven modeling. As of 2017, he is currently carrying on research projects with chemical process modeling and control in the aluminum smelting and ferronickel processing industries, and has worked as a lecturer teaching subjects involving computer programming and artificial intelligence paradigms. As an active researcher, he has also a number of articles published in English language in many conferences and journals, including four book chapters.