Training your Network on your DatasetΒΆ

For adjusting parameters of modules in supervised learning, PyBrain has the concept of trainers. Trainers take a module and a dataset in order to train the module to fit the data in the dataset.

A classic example for training is backpropagation. PyBrain comes with backpropagation, of course, and we will use the BackpropTrainer here:

>>> from pybrain.supervised.trainers import BackpropTrainer

We have already build a dataset for XOR and we have also learned to build networks that can handle such problems. Let’s just connect the two with a trainer:

>>> net = buildNetwork(2, 3, 1, bias=True, hiddenclass=TanhLayer)
>>> trainer = BackpropTrainer(net, ds)

The trainer now knows about the network and the dataset and we can train the net on the data:

>>> trainer.train()

This call trains the net for one full epoch and returns a double proportional to the error. If we want to train the network until convergence, there is another method:

>>> trainer.trainUntilConvergence()

This returns a whole bunch of data, which is nothing but a tuple containing the errors for every training epoch.

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