This course helps you understand and apply two popular artificial neural network algorithms: multi-layer perceptrons and radial basis functions. Both the theoretical and practical issues of fitting neural networks are covered. Specifically, this course teaches you how to choose an appropriate neural network architecture, how to determine the relevant training method, how to implement neural network models in a distributed computing environment, and how to construct custom neural networks using the NEURAL procedure.

The e-learning format of this course includes Virtual Lab time to practice.

Learn How To

Construct multilayer perceptron and radial basis function neural networks. Choose an appropriate network architecture and training method. Avoid overfitting neural networks. Perform autoregressive time series analysis using neural networks. Interpret neural network models. Implement neural networks in a distributed computing environment.Who Should Attend

Data analysts and modelers with a strong mathematical background

Prerequisites

Before attending this course, you should:;

Have an understanding of basic statistical concepts, which you can gain from the Statistics 1: Introduction to ANOVA, Regression, and Logistic Regression course. Have completed the SAS Programming 1: Essentials course or have equivalent knowledge. Be familiar with SAS Enterprise Miner software. You can gain this knowledge from the Applied Analytics Using SAS Enterprise Miner course. Have completed a college-level calculus course.SAS Products Covered

SAS Enterprise Miner

Course Outline

Introduction to Neural Networks

Provide a brief history of neural networks. Describe key concepts underlying neural networks. Illustrate traditional approaches to nonlinear modeling.Network ArchitectureDefine the linear perceptron neural network. Describe combination and activation functions. Show how a linear perceptron is a generalized linear model that is able to model many target distributions. Detail multilayer and skip-layer perceptrons. Detail ordinary and normalized radial basis functions.LearningDescribe the problem of local minima. Describe the parameter estimation methods. Outline the optimization (training) techniques that are available in the Neural Network node.NEURAL ProcedureOverview of PROC NEURAL. Input selection using PROC NEURAL. Define sequential network construction (SNC). Illustrate the SNC paradigm. Stochastic gradient descent.Augmented NetworksImplementing a time delay neural network. Interpreting a neural network with a continuous target. Interpreting a neural network with a categorical target.HP Neural NodeOutline the challenge of big data. Introduce SAS High-Performance Analytics. Describe the HP Neural node's interface. PROC DMDB and PROC NEURAL User’s GuideDMDB procedure. NEURAL procedure.Empirical Partial ResidualsGenerating empirical partial residual plots to guide variable selection.