Convolutional Neural Network

What Does Convolutional Neural Network Mean?

A convolutional neural network (CNN) is a specific type of artificial neural network that uses perceptrons, a machine learning unit algorithm, for supervised learning, to analyze data. CNNs apply to image processing, natural language processing and other kinds of cognitive tasks.

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A convolutional neural network is also known as a ConvNet.

Techopedia Explains Convolutional Neural Network

Like other kinds of artificial neural networks, a convolutional neural network has an input layer, an output layer and various hidden layers. Some of these layers are convolutional, using a mathematical model to pass on results to successive layers. This simulates some of the actions in the human visual cortex.

CNNs are a fundamental example of deep learning, where a more sophisticated model pushes the evolution of artificial intelligence by offering systems that simulate different types of biological human brain activity.

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