How to choose the number of hidden layers and nodes in a feedforward neural network?

Is there a standard and accepted method for selecting the number of layers, and the number of nodes in each layer, in a feed-forward neural network? I’m interested in automated ways of building neural networks. Answer I realize this question has been answered, but I don’t think the extant answer really engages the question beyond … Read more

Making sense of principal component analysis, eigenvectors & eigenvalues

In today’s pattern recognition class my professor talked about PCA, eigenvectors and eigenvalues. I understood the mathematics of it. If I’m asked to find eigenvalues etc. I’ll do it correctly like a machine. But I didn’t understand it. I didn’t get the purpose of it. I didn’t get the feel of it. I strongly believe … Read more