The Representation Power of Neural Networks: Breaking the Curse of Dimensionality

The Representation Power of Neural Networks: Breaking the Curse of Dimensionality

Jan 28, 2021
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Abstract: In this paper, we analyze the number of neurons and training parameters that a neural networks needs to approximate multivariate functions of bounded second mixed derivatives -- Korobov functions. We prove upper bounds on these quantities for shallow and deep neural networks, breaking the curse of dimensionality. Our bounds hold for general activation functions, including ReLU. We further prove that these bounds nearly match the minimal number of parameters any continuous function approximator needs to approximate Korobov functions, showing that neural networks are near-optimal function approximations. Authors: Moise Blanchard, M. Amine Bennouna Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

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