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author: aabayomi
score: 9 / 10

What is the core idea?

The vanishing gradient problem as been a problem of training Deep Neural Nets.The core idea of the Exponential Linear Units centers around creating a negative activation to shift the mean close to zero whereby increasing the learning rate as well a performance.

How is it realized (technically)?

\[f(x) = \left\{ \begin{array}{ll} x & if \hspace{.2cm} x > 0 \\ \alpha (exp(x) - 1) & x \leq 0 \end{array} \right., \hspace{.2cm} f(x)' = \left\{ \begin{array}{ll} 1 & if \hspace{.2cm} x > 0 \\ f(x) + \alpha & x \leq 0 \end{array} \right.\]

$\alpha$ is the hyperparameter, causes the activation to be negative.

How well does the paper perform?

ELU is significantly better than prior activations (ReLU,leaky,srelu)