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### Are cost functions typically normalized?

I'm very new to writing cost functions for optimization and I have what may be a basic question or just a misinterpretation. I have multiple cost functions that I'd like to add up into one total cost ...
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### Find suitable function to score example data based on given rule

I'm not an expert in the AI topic but for my underlying problem I need to find a function which rates data samples based on a specific value x. This means that based on the output of the function it ...
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### Difference between loss and cost function in the specific context of MAE in multiple-regression?

I've often met with the Mean Absolute Error loss function when dealing with regression problems in Artificial Neural Networks, but I'm still slightly confused about the difference between the word '...
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### In practice, what is the cost function of a neural network?

I want to ask a fairly simple question I think. I have a deep background in pure mathematics, so I don't have too much trouble understanding the mathematics of the cost function, but I would just like ...
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### How do you create a custom loss in tensorflow which uses a external tensor?

I have a problem where I want to minimize the monetary cost associated with the prediction error (Mean Error, ME) from the feature I want to predict. The monetary cost is calculated by multiplying ME ...
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### Can anyone help me about cost function in linear regression. As from the below plot we have input values and predicted value there is no Y value, help

Can anyone help out please? I don't understand this
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### Finding global optimum of unknown and expensive function

I would like to find optimal combination of parameters for the algorithm affecting the disk space used by some storage. Therefore, several algorithm parameters (...
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### Cost function - Log Loss query

What is the purpose of using "log" in the logistic regression cost function "log loss"?
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### The formula of loss function uses '(i)' as power of expected and real variables. What does that mean?

In the formula below, could one understand $y^{(i)}$ as $y_i$ ? If not, what is the fundamental difference ? $$j(\theta_0, \theta_1) = \frac{1}{2m}\sum_{i=1}^m(h_{\theta}(x^{(i)})-y^{(i)})^2$$
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### What's the correct cost function for Linear Regression

As we all know the cost function for linear regression is: Where as when we use Ridge Regression we simply add lambda*slope**2 but there I always seee the below as cost function of linear Regression ...
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### Training seems to be plateauing at every learning rate

So firstly I have a network that I'm using to approximate the value of a function. Recently, at about 50000 trains, it began to show no further advancement in training, at any learning rate. The ...
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### Is the Cross entropy cost function the same as the Cross entropy loss?

Is the Cross entropy cost function defined as $J(\Theta) = -\frac{1}{m}\sum_{i=1}^{m}\sum_{k=1}^{K}y_{k}^{(i)}log(\hat{p}_{k}^{(i)})$ the same as the one implemented in ...
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### Implementation cost function in logistic regression in python using numpy

I am implementing the cost function for logistic regression and have a question. The formulation for cost function is $J = -\frac{1}{m}\sum_{i=1}^{m}(y^{(i)}\log(a^{(i)})+(1-y^{(i)})\log(1-a^{(i)}))$ ...
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### Why does the MAE still remain, at all?

This may seem to be a silly question. But I just wonder why the MAE doesn't reduce to values close to 0. It's the result of an MLP with 2 hidden layers and 6 neurons per hidden layer, trying to ...
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### Cost function - ideas

I build xgboost model for regression problem. By the default xgboost optimize $(y - y_{pred})^2$, so the RMSE will be the best eval metric to measure performance. But my task is to build the best ...
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### How does cost function change by choice of activation function (ReLU, Sigmoid, Softmax)?

I am new to ML and as I take courses for the area DL, I am wondering, by our choice of activation function for the last layer, whether we take sigmoid, relu or softmax, would the formula for ...
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### Why do we have to divide by 2 in the ML squared error cost function? [duplicate]

I'm not sure why you need to multiply by $\frac1{2m}$ in the beginning. I understand that you would have to divide the whole sum by $\frac1{m}$, but why do we have to multiply $m$ by two? Is it ...
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### Decision Tree Optimize Deviation From Objective

I have the following problem: I have three classes/modes, let's call them car, bike, and walking. For any given test data instance with some environmental variables such as distance, road quality etc, ...
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### How is the linear regression cost function evolved?

A couple of weeks ago I joined the Standford University machine learning course on Coursera. In that course, they directly gave the cost function formula without telling how this formula was evolved. ...
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### How to get a rebalance strategy with a cost matrix?

In the case of a classification problem where a cost matrix is used to maximize the model performance, it is common to do a rebalance technique. Let's say for example that I have the following costs ...
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### Cost sensitive classification with individual cost

I'm currently sitting on a problem, where i'm uncertain if there is not a much simpler solution. I'm trying to train a DNN with a dataset for a classification task that should be cost sensitive. ...
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### Logitic Regression cost function - what if ln(0)?

I am building logistic regression from scrap. The simplified cost function I am using is (from machine learning course on coursera): in specific case during learning, one observation in training ...
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### Understanding minimizing cost correctly

I cannot wrap my head around this simple concept. Suppose we have a linear regression, and there is a single parameter theta to be optimized (for simplicity purposes): $h(x) = \theta \cdot x$ The ...
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### What do "compile", "fit", and "predict" do in Keras sequential models?

I am a little confused between these two parts of Keras sequential models functions. May someone explains what is exactly the job of each one? I mean ...
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### Weights not converging while cost function has converged in neural networks

My cost/loss function drops drastically and approaches 0, which looks a sign of convergence. But the weights are still changing in a visible way, a lot faster than the cost function. Should I ensure ...
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### How does Gradient Descent and Backpropagation work together?

Please forgive me as I am new to this. I have attached a diagram trying to model my understanding of neural network and Back-propagation? From videos on Coursera and resources online I formed the ...
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### What is an intuitive explanation for the log loss cost function?

I would really appreciate if someone could explain the log loss cost function And the use of it in measuring a classification model performance. I have read a few articles but most of them ...
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### Logistic regression cost function

In Aurelien Geron's book I found this line ...
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### Should the minimum value of a cost (loss) function be equal to zero?

We know optimization techniques search in the space of all the possible parameters for a parameter set that minimizes the cost function of the model. The most well-known loss functions, like MSE or ...
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### How to Define a Cost Fucntion?

I want to define a cost function in python to identify optimum value in days when i should end a marketing campaign to save spend on campaigns not generating traffic good traffic. Problem is I dont ...
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### boosting an xgboost classifier with another xgboost classifier using different sets of features

What I would like to do, is train a first model $f_{1}(\underline{x})$, where $\underline{x}$ is a set of features, fix what model 1 has learned, and then train a second model $f_{2}(\underline{y})$ ...
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### How to resolve the instability of average reward per episode in training of DQN (Deep Q-Network)?

what is shown when average reward per episode in training is unstable? If there is big difference between average reward per episode and final reward by test section, what we can say? For instance in ...
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### Policy Gradient Methods - ScoreFunction & Log(policy)

In Policy Gradient Methods, Lecture 7 (34:15), David describes a Score Function as being the Gradient of the Log of the policy Question: If we have a Neural ...
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