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Neural Network Programming with Java by Fábio M. Soares, Alan M.F. Souza

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How neural networks are arranged

It can be said that the ANN is a nature-inspired structure, so it does have similarities with the human brain. As shown in the following figure, a natural neuron is composed of a nucleus, dendrites, and axon. The axon extends itself into several branches to form synapses with other neurons' dendrites.

How neural networks are arranged

So, the artificial neuron has a similar structure. It contains a nucleus (processing unit), several dendrites (analogous to inputs), and one axon (analogous to output), as shown in the following figure:

How neural networks are arranged

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