Predicting the confidence of a neural network

Suppose I want to train a deep neural network to perform classification or regression, but I want to know how confident the prediction will be. How could I achieve this?

My idea is to compute the cross entropy for every training datum, based on its prediction performance in the neural meters above. Then, I would train a second neural network for regression, which would take each datum as input, and it’s cross entropy as output (one output node). You would then use both networks in practice — one for prediction of label / value, and the other for prediction of confidence of the first network. (….But would I then need a third network to predict the confidence of the second network, and so on…?!)

Is this a valid idea? Moreover, is it a standard idea commonly used? If not, what would you suggest?


Perhaps I am misunderstanding the question, but for classification it seems to me the standard way is to have an output neuron for each of the N classes.

Then the N vector of [0, 1] output values represent the probability of the input belonging to each class, and so can be interpreted as the “confidence” you want to obtain.

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