Error surface

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error surface

When total error of a backpropagation-trained neural network is expressed as a function of the weights, and graphed (to the extent that this is possible with a large number of weights), the result is a surface termed the error surface. The course of learning can be traced on the error surface: as learning is supposed to reduce error, when the learning algorithm causes the weights to change, the current point on the error surface should descend into a valley of the error surface.

The "point" defined by the current set of weights is termed a point in weight space. Thus weight space is the set of all possible values of the weights.

See also local minimum and gradient descent.

Source : INWS machine learning dictionary ]