ffnet-0.6.2 released

Marek Wojciechowski mwojc at p.lodz.pl
Wed Oct 28 03:21:02 CET 2009

ffnet version 0.6.2 is released and is available for download at:


This release contains minor enhancements and compatibility improvements:
       - ffnet works now with >=networkx-0.99;
       - neural network can be called now with 2D array of inputs,
         it also returns numpy array instead of python list;
       - readdata function is now alias to numpy.loadtxt;
       - docstrings are improved.

What is ffnet?
ffnet is a fast and easy-to-use feed-forward neural
network training solution for python.

Unique features
1. Any network connectivity without cycles is allowed.
2. Training can be performed with use of several optimization
      schemes including: standard backpropagation with momentum, rprop,
      conjugate gradient, bfgs, tnc, genetic alorithm based optimization.
3. There is access to exact partial derivatives of network outputs
      vs. its inputs.
4. Automatic normalization of data.

Basic assumptions and limitations:
1. Network has feed-forward architecture.
2. Input units have identity activation function,
      all other units have sigmoid activation function.
3. Provided data are automatically normalized, both input and output,
      with a linear mapping to the range (0.15, 0.85).
      Each input and output is treated separately (i.e. linear map is
      unique for each input and output).
4. Function minimized during training is a sum of squared errors
      of each output for each training pattern.

Excellent computational performance is achieved implementing core
functions in fortran 77 and wrapping them with f2py. ffnet outstands
in performance pure python training packages and is competitive to
'compiled language' software. Moreover, a trained network can be
exported to fortran sources, compiled and called in many
programming languages.

Basic usage of the package is outlined below:

>>> from ffnet import ffnet, mlgraph, savenet, loadnet, exportnet
>>> conec = mlgraph( (2,2,1) )
>>> net = ffnet(conec)
>>> input = [ [0.,0.], [0.,1.], [1.,0.], [1.,1.] ]
>>> target  = [ [1.], [0.], [0.], [1.] ]
>>> net.train_tnc(input, target, maxfun = 1000)
>>> net.test(input, target, iprint = 2)
>>> savenet(net, "xor.net")
>>> exportnet(net, "xor.f")
>>> net = loadnet("xor.net")
>>> answer = net( [ 0., 0. ] )
>>> partial_derivatives = net.derivative( [ 0., 0. ] )

Usage examples with full description can be found in
examples directory of the source distribution or browsed
at http://ffnet.sourceforge.net.

Marek Wojciechowski

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