Learning Neural Activations

12/27/2019 ∙ by Fayyaz Ul Amir Afsar Minhas, et al. ∙ 27

An artificial neuron is modelled as a weighted summation followed by an activation function which determines its output. A wide variety of activation functions such as rectified linear units (ReLU), leaky-ReLU, Swish, MISH, etc. have been explored in the literature. In this short paper, we explore what happens when the activation function of each neuron in an artificial neural network is learned natively from data alone. This is achieved by modelling the activation function of each neuron as a small neural network whose weights are shared by all neurons in the original network. We list our primary findings in the conclusions section. The code for our analysis is available at: https://github.com/amina01/Learning-Neural-Activations.

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