We propose a new way to construct a large-scale neural network for 3.000 handwritten Kanji characters recognition. This neural network consists of 3 parts: a collection of small-scale networks which are trained individually on a small number of Kanji characters; a network which integrates the output from the small-scale networks, and a process to facilitate the integration of these neworks. The recognition rate of the total system is comparable with those of the small-scale networks. Our results indicate that the proposed method is effective for constructing a large-scale network without loss of recognition performance.
In this July 4, 2016 photo, sunlight reflects on the glass exterior of Jordan's newest mall, the kingdom's first energy-efficient shopping complex in Amman, Jordan. In Abdali Mall, high-end boutiques, cinemas and gourmet coffee shops are tucked into an intricate ecosystem of natural heating and cooling, water recycling and hundreds of solar panels soaking up the sun's rays.
The world of subatomic particles is a weird one -- at least insofar as our brains, which have evolved to understand the macroscopic realm around us, can comprehend. In the quantum realm, existence and nonexistence are fluid concepts, particles pop in and out of "empty" space, and occasionally, two particles separated by a distance of billions of light-years can behave as if they are right next to each other. This last property -- known in particle physics jargon as entanglement -- coupled with superposition, wherein particles exist in two or more states simultaneously (as exemplified by Schrödinger's ill-fated cat), is what makes quantum weirdness an area of interest for computer scientists. The race to build a scalable and viable quantum computer -- an idea whose seed was first laid in the 1980s -- is driven by the thirst to create an extremely fast and powerful device, one that would make today's computers look like old, doddering abacuses by comparison. "For many years, people said that it was completely impossible to construct an actual quantum computer," Winfried Hensinger from the University of Sussex, who, as part of an international team of scientists, has now unveiled the world's first practical blueprint for how to build a quantum computer, said in a statement released Wednesday.