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A sparse autoencoder is one of a range of types of autoencoder artificial neural networks that work on the principle of unsupervised machine learning. Autoencoders are a type of deep network that can be used for dimensionality reduction – and to reconstruct a model through backpropagation.
Autoencoders seek to use items like feature selection and feature extraction to promote more efficient data coding. Autoencoders often use a technique called backpropagation to change weighted inputs, in order to achieve dimensionality reduction, which in a sense scales down the input for corresponding results. A sparse autoencoder is one that has small numbers of simultaneously active neural nodes.